The job interviewing process is the most important step in the screening, selection, and hiring process. This is the best opportunity to get to know in depth what each candidate has to offer in terms of skills and experience. For this reason, job interviews must not be taken lightly. The interviewer must prepare as well as the candidate to conduct a productive job interview in terms of results.
Evaluating the candidates’ resumes carefully prior to the interview is a good start. By doing this, some questions may arise in regards to the experiences that the candidates describe on paper. Try to formulate questions to gather all the missing information on the resume.
The following guide will help you formulate good questions to scrutinize and gather more insightful information about the candidates’ skills for the job.
Request specific examples where they had to perform a task something similar to what is expected from the new hire. This will prove if the candidate has done his homework and prepared for the interview. It will also validate if their experience really relates or is transferable to what you need as an employer. Make sure to inquire for details, such as, how they did it, under whose supervision, and what results were achieved.
Prepare a hypothetical situation scenario and ask the candidate how they would solve it, or what they would do. This type of question will provide you with insightful information about the candidate’s personality, creativity, initiative, leadership, and analytical skills.
If you are looking for result oriented individuals, inquire about their achievements in their current and former job experiences that relate to the job opening. Request specific details, such as, what was achieved, how long did it take, why did it take that much time, what was their specific role, did he/she do it alone, did he/she lead a group of co-workers, or was he/she sharing the responsibility with someone else.
Inquire about their reasons to apply for this job and what do they know about it, and the company. This question could be used as a good tiebreaker and might help you screen between two good candidates with comparable skills and experience.
Ask them why they want to leave their current job. This will provide you with interesting details about their current work situation.
This guide will help you to be strategic, and plan your interview before the candidate arrives. It can be modified depending on the skills you are looking for. The objective is to cover all the information you need to make your hiring decision, and recruit the most qualified candidate for the position.