The recruiting process is a lengthy one in general. Once you have gotten a list of suitable candidates you have to be aware of the fact that not all of them will make it to the face-to-face interview. You will have to shortlist the perfect candidates from the list and weed out those irrelevant to your requirements. For this to happen, you will need to have a conversation with the individual, preferably by phone. This narrows down the candidate pool and it saves you a lot of time in the end. A resume can say only so much about a person but speaking to them will give you a better idea of their tone or personality. Before you get on a call with a candidate you will need to prepare some interview questions and structure the same accordingly.
Here are the top 10 interview questions to ask job candidates.
1. Tell me more about you – This question puts the candidate at ease and lets them introduce themselves. They can talk about simple things like their education or professional life and interests.
2. What attracts you to this type of field/job? – Here you would expect the candidate to tell you more about their skills and experience. They can talk about their achievements in connection to the role or express ideas they might have for the business.
3. What’s your work style like? – Here, you need to find out if they prefer to work independently or if they can work with constant direction. You will need to find out if the individual has leadership qualities or is a team player.
4. Tell me something about yourself that isn’t on your resume – Here, the individual can talk about their biggest strengths. They can discuss what they’re passionate about. Someone with confidence should reply without too much hesitation.
5. Would you rather prefer to finish projects late rather than imperfectly but on time? – The ‘would-you rather’ question format will help you assess a candidate’s decision making abilities.
6. What are the areas you would like to improve on? – A candidate can talk about areas where they wish to improve their skills and that should give you a rough idea of what they already know and what they can manage.
7. What has been your biggest challenge in your professional role? – Find out about the candidate’s problem-solving abilities, check to see if the candidate demonstrates traits like empathy or creativity.
8. Why are you leaving your current job? – This question is very important and goes without saying. You need to know why the person is leaving their company. Is it on a good note? Or have they not met the company’s expectations?
9. What is the most valuable feedback you have received? – Find out to what level the candidate is open to constructive criticism.
10. Who are the three famous people you would wish to have dinner with? – Find out about the candidate’s role models and who they look up to. This will give you an idea about their political, religious, cultural and familial values.
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