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When it comes to attracting the best candidates for your critical positions, one critical strategy that enables you to make informed and unbiased hiring decisions is asking the right questions. The following is a list of seven questions you can ask your applicants to gain a better understanding of their qualifications and to determine whether they are a good fit.
1. What interests you about this job?
Consider asking this question to determine who is genuinely interested in your open positions. You can then move on to situational questions to see how they respond to a specific issue, but make sure these questions are based on their work history and experiences.
7 interview questions that employers should ask (Photo: Interview)
2. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
This question will allow you to gain more insight into interviewees’ current and previous roles.
3. How would your coworkers describe you?
By posing this question, you can better understand how candidates perceive themselves through the eyes of others and function as team members.
4. Do you prefer to work as a team or independently?
Satisfactory answers should reflect the job requirements: is it a job where they can work alone or one where they need to coordinate and communicate with others?
5. What are some of the weaknesses that you have overcome?
Each job applicant has strengths and weaknesses in terms of personality traits or skills. Ask this question and you can find out how they manage their weaknesses.
Ask a good question to better understand how candidates manage their weaknesses (Photo: Internet)
6. What do you want to do differently at a new job?
If you want to know how interviewees process their thoughts, this question might help you. Are they starting the answer with a negative monologue about their current and past managers? Or are they seeing opportunities with your company?
7. Where do you see yourself in five years?
An ambitious candidate with a clear set of goals for the short, medium, and long term, is an invaluable asset. It would be even more impressive if they paralleled their career advancement with your company.
These questions are designed to assist you in identifying candidates who are genuinely passionate about the job. Simply look for those who consistently provide detailed responses and encourage you to inquire further, as they are the best fit for your business.