When it comes to advice for interviewing, the articles are endless. But what happens when you’re on the other side of the table, not as the interviewee, but as the interviewer? Here are ten questions that all interviewers should ask.
1. Could you please describe the best manager you ever reported to?
No matter what the answer to this may be, this can tell you so much about potential candidates and how well they may or may not work within your team’s dynamic.
2. What motivates you?
Again, this question can help you get to the heart of the matter and learn more about his or her personality.
3. What frustrates you and how do you handle or approach those frustrations?
Frustration, especially in the workplace, happens. It’s how we handle it that counts.
4. Can you share specifics on a time that you have failed? What did you learn from the experience?
Everyone has shortcomings and is bound to fail at some point or another in their professional lives. While sharing a failure isn’t the first thing that a potential candidate will what to do, it provides a chance for a truly authentic and impactful answer, the most important part being the lessons that such failures allowed for.
5. What is the most important attribute for a successful person? Do you think you have that attribute?
The definition of “success” varies from person to person – this can be a good question to not only establish someone’s values, but also determine whether those values match that of your company and its culture.
6. What will make you love coming to work here every day?
Every company wants employees who are engaged in their work. Knowing the expectations of potential employees can help you know whether or not they would be a good fit for your company.
7. What’s the accomplishment, professional or personal, that you are most proud of?
This really allows the candidate to shine and to showcase some their values yet again. It also prompts for a specific example – something that’s always helpful to have when trying to find the best fit for a certain role.
8. Are there any questions that you have for me?
Be sure to turn over the floor to the interviewee by allowing them to ask any questions that they may have about the position or the company. Not only is this incredibly useful to them, but it can also tell you more about a candidate and their interest level.
Of course, there are many more questions that can and should be added to this list, especially those specific to the role that you’re looking to fill and the experience needed. This list, however, contains some vital questions that can really help you learn more about any candidate’s character and working habits. Happy interviewing!