We often get asked what questions should I ask in an interview. The interview process is very important for all companies as you have a short amount of time to decide if the candidate is right for the position. Making sure you hire the right candidate can be a minefield, however asking the rights questions can make all the difference.
So where to start?
The best place to start is with the job description. The candidate needs to have the skills and experience that will match the job description to be able to perform the role.
Look at the must haves on the job description and then look at what questions you could ask the candidate that would demonstrate these.
Think about asking open questions as these allow for the candidate to give examples of when they have demonstrated a certain skill.
• Can you give me an example of a time when you had a lot of deadlines and how did you manage your time to meet them?
• Can you give me an example of a time when you were under pressure?
• Can you give me an example of a time when you didn’t meet your deadline and what you did to overcome this?
• Can you give me an example of when you have gone above and beyond your role?
• Can you give me an example of when something didn’t go right and what did you learn from it?
These types of questions will give you more insight into how they handle pressure, their time, how they prioritise their tasks and how they overcome obstacles and failure.
The recruitment process needs to be fair for all the candidates. Preparing the questions ahead of the interview ensures all the candidates are asked the same questions.
You as the interviewer should do the least amount of talking as you want to spend the time listening and evaluating the candidate to see if they will be a good match for the position.
Don’t, ask questions about their age, marital status, whether they have children or plan to have children or other personal questions. The point of the interview is to determine whether the candidate is a good match for the role and not about them as a person.
Once you have set out your questions the next thing to do is to make sure everything is ready for the interview. I’m not just referring to inviting the candidates but asking the candidates do they need any reasonable adjustments for the interview. The interview process is about making the candidate as comfortable as possible and also showing them what a good company you are to work for.
If you ask questions based on the job description and tailor them to ask for examples to demonstrate the skills and knowledge for the role then you will easily see which candidate is right for the position.