A well done interview is a smooth conversation, where all parties receive the answers needed. Despite this, there are some questions you should definitely ask. To find out “must ask” interview questions, please read below.
Are you aware of this company?
It shows how well the candidate has thought through his decision to send an application and his motivation to actually start working.
Why are you interested in this position and company?
It’s the easiest way to study a candidate’s motivation. It gives you a clear insight into whether the candidate takes his candidacy seriously and has analysed everything. In the event the candidate has applied for several positions and, therefore, might not take his application seriously or is desperate to find new job ASAP, then you’ll find this out.
Why did you decide to leave previous jobs?
By asking this question, you’ll learn valuable information about a candidate’s principles, courage to act, perseverance and behavioural patterns in general. Sometimes candidates will not feel comfortable speaking about past work experience – and you also may not feel comfortable asking – but it is worth it. You’ll get the information you need about a candidate’s analytical skills, his self-esteem, ability to learn from prior experiences and stress management skills.
Please describe your greatest achievement at work. How did you reach your goal? What was your motivation? What did you learn?
It gives you an indication of how much the candidate can strive, his persistence, his ability to analyse, to learn and his motivations.
Please describe the biggest challenge you have had at work.
You’ll gain a sense of how the candidate might think and act in difficult situations at work, his ability to learn, adapt and will power.
How do you relieve your stress?
Coping with stress is an important skill nowadays. Every one of us is responsible for our own mental and physical balance. High stress levels have a negative impact on work performance.
What are your expectations of your future employer?
Traditional work relations are no longer what they used to be. It’s important to discuss it all : the workplace, workload, working time, salary conditions, reporting etc.