The in-person interview is the most valuable time that you can spend with a potential hire. It is the best opportunity that you have to get an understanding of whether or not continuing the hiring process with this individual will be right for you both. Be sure to maximize this time by being clear with yourself beforehand about the information that you need to gather from the candidate during the interview in order to make a sound decision. Utilize the interview questions below to make the most out of this point in the hiring process.
1) Please tell me about your education and work history in the last 5 years
Though you have someone’s resume in front of you, it is important to hear them articulate their background and experience. This will illustrate for you their ability to communicate a great deal of information, as well as provide an opportunity for accuracy, relevance and to garner further details.
2) What can you tell me about our company?
This question will determine how much effort the candidate has taken to research your organization. It could be a win-win if they spent time to learn more about your business.
3) Why do you want to work for our company, and why did you apply for this role in particular?
This question will allow the candidate to explain from their perspective why the two of you are a great fit. In addition, you can determine if the candidate has misread your organization or their potential place in the company.
4) How do you think your specific work skills can be an asset to our company?
This question provides an opportunity for the candidate to highlight the skill set that they find the most relevant in themselves, and will most likely be utilizing during their tenure with you.
5) What has been the most recent obstacle that you had to overcome to complete a project, and how did you overcome it?
This question provides an opportunity for the candidate to discuss a challenging work situation and how they utilized resources to overcome it. You will be able to get a glimpse into the candidate’s tangible problem solving skills and thought process.
6) Please tell me about a project that you worked on recently that involved a team and your role in that team.
This question will uncover the candidate’s recent history involving teamwork and whether or not they gravitate toward a leadership role.
7) Please tell me how you keep yourself organized with your planning system.
This question is vital in particular if the role at hand calls for managing multiple projects at a time. It can also be discovered if the candidate is successfully navigating new technology to keep things on task.
8) Tell me a time when you disagreed with your Supervisor.
This question reflects how the candidate deals with authority in conjunction with something they feel very strongly about. It will reveal how the candidate approaches a difficult situation and whether or not they are able to maintain their composure while dealing with this potentially tricky matter.
9) How does social media play a role in your career?
This question will reveal how the candidate will naturally use new technology to promote your business or themselves. If there are issues of privacy and image in your organization it is important to address them here.
10) What are your favorite aspects about yourself? What would you like to strengthen about yourself?
The best way to learn about someone is to let them tell you themselves. This different spin on an old question will allow the candidate to think differently in how they choose to communicate about themselves.
11) What do you do in your spare time for fun?
This personal question provides an opportunity for the candidates to relax a little bit after the pressure of the interview. You may also discover that you have things in common!
12) What questions do you have for me?
This question will determine if the candidate has come prepared to learn even more about your organization; in addition, they will reveal their intentions based upon the questions that they choose to ask,
The most informative interview you can have is to pose open ended questions to the candidates. It does not allow room for yes or no answers and it will provide a wealth of information to you in the process. Please let us know what your favorite in person interview questions are!