an Interviewee

Interview Questions to Ask

Ask some of these questions of your next job candidates to get a better sense of how qualified they are and how well they’d fit in with your business.

  1. “Could you share with us a recent accomplishment of which you are most proud?”
  2. “What would you have liked to do more of in your last position? What held you back?”
  3. “Tell us a bit about your work background, and then give us a description of how you think it relates to our current opening.”
  4. “What are your qualifications in your area of expertise, i.e., what skills do you have that make you the best candidate for this position? Include any special training you have had (on-the-job, college, continuing education, seminars, reading, etc.) and related work experience.”
  5. “Why have you applied for this position?”
  6. “What skill set do you think you would bring to this position?”
  7. “Tell me about your present or last job. Why did you choose it? Why did you/do you want to leave?”
  8. “What was your primary contribution/achievement? Biggest challenge?”
  9. “What are your short-term and long-term goals?”
  10. “In what areas would you like to develop further? What are your plans to do that?”
  11. “What are some positive aspects of your last employment/employer? What are some negative aspects?”
  12. “What do you think about SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)?”
  13. “What are your career path interests?”
  14. “What do you know about our company?”
  15. “Why should we hire YOU?”
  16. “If the position required it, would you be willing to travel?”
  17. “If the position required it, would you be willing to relocate?”
  18. “If you were offered this position, when would you be available to start?”
  19. “After learning about this opportunity, what made you take the next step and apply for the job?”
  20. “If you are the successful applicant, how would you expect to be different after a year in this position?”
  21. “Now that you have learned about our company and the position you are applying for, what hesitation or reluctance would you have in accepting this job if we offer it to you?”
  22. “Tell me anything else you would like us to know about you that will aid us in making our decision.”
  23. “What questions would you like to ask me?”

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