Conducting an interview for a new hire can often make both you and the candidate very nervous. Much of the time, interviewers are not even sure what they should be asking. This can lead to hiring the wrong person, which is one of the worst things you can do for your business. Here, we will give you a few examples of the types of questions you can and should ask when conducting a job interview.
Examples of Effective Job Interview Questions
Asking open-ended, behavioral type questions such as the following can allow you to get a much clearer sense of the applicant than the basic paint-by-numbers routine.
- How would you define leadership?
- Can you describe a complicated issue that you faced in your previous job and how you were able to overcome it?
- When accepting a new role, how do you go about ensuring that you will succeed?
- Was your performance measured at your previous job? If so, what were their specific goals and how often did you meet them?
- If you could start your career over, what you do differently the second time around?
- When was the last time you made a mistake at work? How did you learn from that error?
- What was the most creative idea you ever contributed to your team?
- When did you last fail to meet a deadline? What were you able to learn from it?
- Who is your biggest role model and why?
Asking the right questions can be the difference between hiring a valuable team member that will contribute greatly to your business for years to come and a toxic employee that drags down the business and other employees.
It’s easy enough to find out if a candidate has the qualifications that you are seeking, they can just list them out and you can read a resume like a checklist. Instead, use the interview as an opportunity to find out what the applicant is like as a person, and if you and your other employees will get along with that person.