Knowing the right job interview questions to ask when interviewing can greatly improve your ability to hire the best people and transform your organization. We will give you some tips in this post that will provide a little more direction on this subject.

Standard Questions
There are some very standard questions that can be asked in any interview. Here are some examples of standard job interview questions to ask:

  • How did you find out about us?
  • Why are you currently looking for a new job?
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How much experience do you have with [applicable experience]?
  • What are you looking for in your next position?
  • Why should we hire you?

Those are decent questions that help you to get a better read on the interviewee. But they are not great at really probing to see how the person thinks. And they are also fairly easy interview questions to provide canned responses to that make the interviewee look good but are not authentic answers.

Behavior Based Questions
A more effective way at learning about who the interviewee really is when looking for job interview questions to ask is to use behavior based questions. These are questions to probe for how the interview thinks.

How this type of questions works is that they try to predict how the interviewee will act or respond in the future by asking how they acted or responded in a particular situation in the past.

Here are some examples of behavior based job interview questions to ask:

  • Tell me about a time where you had a disagreement with a teammate and how you handled that.
  • How did you go about getting ramped up and fully up to speed in your last position?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult customer and how did you handle that?
  • Tell me about a deal that you closed and how you found and won the business.

These are great interview questions for a couple of reasons. First, there really is no way that the interviewee could prepare for these ahead of time and have some sort of scripted answer. These are also good because they show you have the interviewee handled some sort of situation in the past and that can help you to see how they might act in the future if you hire them.

There is the possibility that the interviewee is not completely honest in the answer they give you. But, one good thing about that situation is that even if they are making up a fictitious answer, they are still showing you how they think and what they believe the appropriate behavior should be.


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