Interview Question To Ask

Interview Question To Ask

Now that you have shortlisted some candidates that are potentially good to work for you or your company, it is time to find out whether what is written on the resume is as good as it claimed to be. Getting good staff to work for you is very competitive these days and if you want the candidate to talk, you need to be able to ask the right questions. 

Some points to note during the interview session are provided below.

  • Be Natural As an interviewer, it is good to be at ease with yourself. Do not try to emulate someone else style of interview. One will be able to discern whether you are sincere and truthful in the way you carry yourself during the interview. If the candidate finds you to be natural and approachable, chances are that he/she will talk more and reveals more of himself rather than trying to fabricate and giving a "right" answer.
  • Listening Skill Listening is a skill itself of which you do not just use your ear to listen but your heart and mind as well. Usually a candidate will be more open to one who is willing to listen than to one who just wants to find out more information. Once you are able to relate to that person, chances are that you will be able to find out the true personality and character of the person.

Questions To Ask

In questioning a candidate, there are basically 2 types of questions that one ask. The first is called a closed ended question of which the answer is usually very short and straight to the point. The other is called a open ended question of which the answer is usually not a yes or no but more descriptive and subjective in nature.

Close ended questions usually start with:

  • Are ...e.g. Are you the youngest in your family?
  • Who ...e.g. Who is your favorite movie star?
  • When ...e.g. When did you graduate from college?
  • Where ...e.g. Where did you attend your high school?
  • Do ...e.g. Do you like meeting people?

These close ended questions usually get a few words answer in respond. There is not much conversation that you can strike with the candidate if all the questions that you ask are of these in nature. There are times when you need to specifically ask these types of quesions in order to get some facts right. However, most of the facts that you need to know should have been gathered before the job interview through the resume or phone call.

A better approach in asking questions would be open ended questions which usually start with:

  • How ...e.g. How did you do in your last public examination?
  • What ...e.g. What are your goals in life?
  • Why ...e.g. Why did you resign from your last job?
  • Tell me ...e.g. Tell me more about yourself?
  • Describe ...e.g Describe your personality in greater details.

The examples above show that the questions that one asks during the interview session will determine whether it will be a boring session or an interesting session which benefits both the interviewer and the candidate. Other questions that one can ask are:

  • What are your career goals in the next 5 years?
  • How do you find out about our company?
  • What do you think you can do to contribute to the growth of this company?
  • Why do you intend to leave your previous job?
  • Describe your university favorite subjects.
  • What is the salary that you expect to get from this job?
  • Tell me about an instance where your leadership was challenged by someone.
  • How do you handle working under pressure with deadlines to meet?
  • What is your hobby?
  • What are your strong points in managing people?
  • What other positions and companies are you considering as of this point of time?

Interview Question To Ask 
This e-book called The Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers contain more than 99 Persuasive Job Interview Answers and 43 interview questions to ask that one can prepare in advance before the interview. It will benefit both the interviewer and interviewee in making the interview process a success. 

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