How To Ask The Most Effective Interview Questions

Posted August 23, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

The interview is your chance as  a hiring manager to find the right person for the job. You know the cost of a bad hire. To that end, you want to be sure that the person that you hire is the right person. You want to learn more about them and their skills, their demeanor and their attitude. In order to accomplish that  you're going to need to ask the right interview questions. What are the right interview questions and how do you evaluate the answers that you get?

The right questions can give you the insight that you need into the people that you’re considering for your job.   Each question has some very obvious reasons and an answer that you’re looking for.

Here are some recommended questions for your candidates and what you should expect from them.

How much do you know about our company?  With all of the information available today online, if your candidate knows nothing about your company and gives you that blank look that tells you that they haven’t done their homework about you, it may well make you wonder why they are even here. The second question will clinch it for you in this instance.

Why do you want to work for us?  If your candidate doesn’t have a ready answer for you, they haven’t paid much attention to any preparation for the interview. Knowing about the company and what you expect, as well as why you want to work there, is something that every candidate should know.

What do you bring to the company and what are your goals for this job? This may not only tell you a great deal about the reason they are coming to your company, but also what kind of challenges they hope to take on while they are with your company. The candidate who doesn’t have any goals for their job may not know exactly what they want from it.

What can you tell me about your current job? Asking a question such as this one often tells you more than the candidate wants you to know. Listen closely to the tone and the body language. You may learn more about why your candidate is seeking to leave their current job as well.

 Have you ever had a  disagreement with your boss or your co-workers? How did you handle that and what was the outcome? You need to know about the demeanor of your candidate and you absolutely need to know if they are willing to compromise. The way in which they handle conflict, the resolution or transformation of that conflict will tell you a great deal.

What did your current job teach you?  No matter who you are, no matter what you do, your job has taught you something. Even if all you learned was patience, hearing what others believe they took away from the job that they are currently working is imperative to knowing about their viewpoint of the job they have and the job they want.

What, if anything do you want to ask me about the job? If, again, you get a blank stare and your candidate wants to ask you nothing and doesn't have any questions at all for you, it should make you wonder and be a little reticent to hire. If your candidate has been paying attention and listening to all that you have to say, there are bound to be questions.

With the right questions you can learn a great deal about your candidate. Make sure that you have your own ducks in a row prior to the interview.

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