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Are you asking candidates the right interview questions?

Have a great candidate you are hoping meets your criteria for a long-term fit, but not sure what questions to ask in the interview? Or are you the candidate and unsure of what might be strong prodding questions to ask a potential employer ensuring you have found a great placement?

This list of questions will help you in the process whether you are a candidate or employer. Finding that perfect fit is instrumental. If you are looking for more information than the questions below, just give us a call.

Potential Interview Questions

  • What did you like most/least in your last job?
  • Give me an example(s) of how you worked under pressure to meet a deadline.
  • What is your management philosophy/style?
  • What is your current base salary and what is your bonus potential?
  • How long would it take you to become productive in this position?
  • What are your career goals and expectations?
  • What position do you expect to have in five years?
  • What new goals have you established recently?
  • Did you meet any of these goals?
  • What did you think of your last company?
  • What does success mean to you?
  • How do you feel you can benefit our company in the position I have described to you?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
  • Can you name some weaknesses?
  • Define success/failure.
  • Have you ever had any failures?
  • What did you learn from them?
  • Have you ever spoken before a group of people? How large?
  • What can you offer us?
  • Give an example of a situation in which you provided a solution to an employer.
  • Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure.
  • How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?
  • What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least?
  • What type of management style do you thrive under?
  • What other types of positions are you considering?
  • How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
  • Are you able to work on several assignments at once?
  • How do you feel about working overtime/travel/relocation?
  • Give an example of working with a team on a project or an on-going basis.
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What business references can you provide?

Additional questions for those early in their career:

  • Why did you choose to attend your college/university?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • In what extracurricular activities did you participate?
  • Did your grades accurately reflect your ability? Why/Why not?
  • Did you work while going to school? In what positions?

Potential Interview Questions to Ask an Employer:

  • What is the largest single problem facing your staff/department right now?
  • What kinds of assignments might I expect during the first six months on the job?
  • Are salary adjustments geared to the cost of living or job performance?
  • In what ways is a career with your company better than one with your competitors?
  • Please describe the duties of the job for me.
  • Does your company encourage further education?
  • How often are performance reviews given?
  • How do you feel about creativity and individuality?
  • What is the usual promotional time frame?
  • What do you like best about your job/company?
  • Have there been many turnovers in this job area?
  • Is there a lot of team/project work?
  • What characteristics do the achievers in this company seem to share?
  • Where does this position fit into the organization structure?
  • Do you fill positions from the outside or promote from within first?
  • What skills are especially important for someone in this position?
  • What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position?
  • Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
  • What is the next course of action? When should I expect to hear from you, or should I contact you?