Having interview questions to ask candidates prepared in advance can greatly improve your ability to effectively screen prospects to get to the best available candidate.

General Personality Questions
There are some very common questions that you can ask regardless of position to try to get to know someone:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where are you originally from?
  • What do you like to do when you are not working?
  • What are some hobbies that you have?
  • What is the last book that you read?
  • What are you passionate about?

Note that the questions that we outline here do not need to be asked in any particular order. Some of these personal questions fit well at the beginning of the interview like – “Tell me about yourself”, but some of the questions around hobbies and passion fit well toward the end of an interview.

Previous Work Experience Questions
Of course, you will want interview questions to ask candidates that gather details about their work experience.

  • Tell me about your current/last job?
  • What were your roles and responsibilities?
  • What is one thing that you really enjoyed about your job?
  • What is one thing that you did not enjoy?
  • Tell me about a challenge that you experienced and what you did to overcome it.

Current Status Questions
Here are some interview questions to ask candidates that can help you to gather an idea of where they currently are and the direction they want to go.

  • Why are you currently looking for a new opportunity?
  • Why are you interested in leaving your current position?
  • What are you looking for in a position?
  • Describe what the ideal position would look like for you.
  • When are you available to pursue a new position?

Future Direction Questions
Here are some interview questions to ask candidates to help you to determine the future direction that the candidate wants to go.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What are some of your short and long-term goals?

Job Specific Questions
There are question that you should ask explore how well the candidate will fit with the actual position. These questions are difficult for us to provide for you as they are different for each position.

But a process that you can take to develop these is to list out the qualities of the individual that would fit well with the position in terms of personality traits, skills, experience, etc. For each quality, you should have one or two questions composed to help you to screen to find the candidate that fits best.

Closing Questions
At the end of the interview, you want to begin to pass control over to the candidate and give them an opportunity to ask you questions. Here are some questions to end with.

  • What do you know about us?
  • How does this job match with what you are looking for?
  • What questions do you have for me?


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