Top 8 questions for employers to ask candidates in an interview
- What attracted you to this role?
This will tell you how much research they have done into the role and your company. You want a candidate who has a clear idea of what the role encompasses and why they would be successful in it.
- What are your main motivations?
Are they looking to develop their skills with your company or do they feel passionate about the industry you operate in?
- What management styles do you work best under?
Does this match the type of management that they could expect to experience if they got the job?
- What type of people do you like to work with?
Again, this will help you find out if they will fit into your existing team structure.
- What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
Finding out how they turned a situation around can tell you a lot about an individual. It also lets you assess what they perceive to be a ‘challenge’.
- What has been your biggest career success?
It’s always good to find candidates who are proud of their work and this gives them a chance to shine.
- Tell me about a time you set difficult goals.
This question will help you gauge whether the candidate will be able to handle the goals you have in store for them. Ask follow-up questions like, “what did you do to achieve them?” Have the candidate walk you through the process and purpose of the goals they set out for themselves.
- Do you have any questions for me?
This seems like a very simple and obvious question to ask at the end of an interview but it is surprising how often it gets missed. The type of question/s (or lack of) will give good insight into how much research they have done and also where their interests lie.
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