Hiring the right person for the job is important. You want someone who is reliable, skilled, qualified and hardworking. But how can you be sure that’s what you’re getting? It’s up to you to ask the right questions at the interview stage. To get you started, we’ve come up with 20 questions to ask your next candidate.
These are a few simple questions you can ask to get a sense of the candidate as well as their understanding of the role. In most circumstances, the candidate will have answered them in some form in their resume and cover letter.
It might seem redundant to ask these questions again, but you can gain additional insight into a potential labour hire this way. You may even catch out anyone who has exaggerated their suitability for the position.
For instance, you can quickly assess how interested the candidate is in the role from questions about themselves, their ideal job and what they know about the company. You can get a sense of their personality from what they class as strengths and weaknesses, as well as why they’re leaving their current role.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What interests you about this job?
- What would be your ideal job?
- What do you know about the industry and the company?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- What are your qualifications and skills?
- How do your skills fit this role?
The next set of questions are designed to help you understand how a candidate would fit in at your company. By looking at their past behaviour and experiences, you may be able to see if they are a leader, team player or hard worker.
You can also learn about their problem solving and communication skills.
- What’s an example of a project you worked on and how did you help deliver a good outcome?
- Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. What was the mistake and how did you fix it?
- If there’s conflict in your team, how do you handle it?
- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your supervisor. How did you resolve the issue?
- If you had too many tasks to do by the end of the day, how would you handle this problem?
- When did you go above and beyond your role’s responsibilities?
- Tell me about a time when you got critical feedback. How did you handle it and take the feedback onboard?
- If you saw someone acting unsafely at work, what would you do?
Regularly shifting jobs and even completely changing career trajectories is becoming increasingly common.
With these questions, you can get a sense of what the candidate hopes their future career will look like. This can help you understand their intentions for the role and company. For instance, they may be using the role as a stepping-stone to elsewhere or they may want to stay with the company and pursue advancement.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What are your plans for developing your skills further?
- How do you think this role will help you achieve these goals?
What do they want to know?
This question is a staple for job interviews as it lets candidates clarify anything that has been discussed. It also is a final opportunity for you to assess their suitability for the role.
- Is there anything you’d like to ask?
You should also have some role-specific questions to more accurately assess a candidate’s abilities and skills. However, these 20 questions are an excellent place to start building an interview.