So, the prospective hire has made it through some written tests and you’ve moved him/her on to the personal interview.
This is the first round of questions that I would use in interviewing. We’ll share round two of questions tomorrow.
You can’t root out all “crazies” or incompetent future employees; however, you should be able to get a good grasp of a person’s character, personality, and professionalism as he/she proceeds through each interview phase.
- Why are you considering giving up your current job/position?
- What aspects of this position at our office interests you?
- What exactly do/did you do at your current/former job?
- What does/did your immediate supervisor do?
- How do you/did you like your current/former job?
- How do you/did you like your current/former supervisor?
- On your current/former job, which accomplishments make you most proud?
- Can you describe the best supervisor you have ever had?
- For what kind of a firm do you think that you can work best?
- Have you ever had a job‑involving emergency situations in which you worked long hours under pressure? Describe it.
- What have you learned from some of your past jobs?
- Which of your previous jobs did you like best? And worst? Why?
- How do you think your experience will help you at this job?
- How did you obtain the jobs you have had?
- Have you had problems working with others?
- What has been your most rewarding work‑related experience?
- What do you hope to be earning two years from now?
- If you had more spare time, what would you do with it?
- What have been the biggest failures or frustrations in your business life?
- What do you think it takes to be a successful (job position offered)?
VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
- How do you react to someone who dominates a discussion?
- How would you handle a customer who called and was very angry?
- How do you/did you allot your time at your current/former job?
- Do you like to be at the center of activities?
- Do you tend to dig into your toughest problems in the morning, noon, or late in the day? Why?
- How many tasks do you like to handle at one time?
- When do you feel you do your best work? And your worst?
- What kind of decisions do you/did you make in your current/former job?
- Can you tell me how you go about making decisions?
- How far would you be willing to compromise your work standards to help someone?
- What kind of people annoy you?
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