In order to be able to hire the right people, it is critical to have good interview questions to ask. We will give you some concepts and examples in this blog post to help with that.

Characteristics of Good Questions
Before we get to some examples of questions, let’s first outline some key characteristics of the tpe of questions that will get you to identify the best available candidate.

  • Open-Ended Questions: Try to ask questions that cannot be answered with “yes” or “no” and are more open-ended. This will get the candidate talking more and will help you gather much more data.
  • Thought Provoking: Ask questions that are thought provoking. These are good interview questions to ask that the candidate might not be prepared for or even ever thought about.
  • Gather Details on the Past, Present, and Future: Ask questions that gather details on the past performance of the candidate. You cannot predict the future from looking at the past but you can get a good idea what it might look like. Also ask questions that gather details on the present state and future direction for the candidate.
  • Identify Alignment with Job Profile: Good interview questions to ask should help you to determine if the candidate has the key qualities that someone would need to be successful in the role. To help with this, make a list of the qualities of the ideal candidate and then have a question or two for each quality.

 

Question Examples

Personality Questions
You will want to have good interview questions to ask to get an idea what the candidate’s personality is like. Here are some examples of questions to help with that:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Tell me about a time that you faced a challenge and what you did to overcome it.
  • Tell me about a time where you had to persevere in order to be successful.
  • What are some of your short and long-term goals?

Experience Questions
You will want to have a good idea if the candidate has the needed experience. The questions will vary from job to job but here are some examples and you may be able to convert these to your scenario:

  • How much experience do you have managing teams of sales people?
  • Tell me about some of the teams you have managed.
  • What is the largest team that you have managed?
  • What is one thing that you really like about managing people?
  • What is one thing that you do not like about managing people?
  • What are some of the things that you do to try to make sure the teams you manage are successful?
  • Tell me about a challenge that you faced regarding a team or resource you were managing and what you did to overcome it?
  • What are some tools or processes that you use to manage your team?
  • What types of people management training have you had?

Current Status Questions
It is important to understand where the candidate is at in their job search and why they are in that place. Here are some questions to help with that.

  • Why are you interested in leaving your current position?
  • Why are you currently looking for a new opportunity?
  • Describe what the ideal position would look like for you.
  • What are you looking for in a position?
  • When are you available to pursue a new position?
  • What other options are you considering?
  • How does this position compare to those?

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