Many hiring managers tend to over-think basic interview questions. A lot of these questions stem from corporate training sessions, broad human resource training and lists of fun / quirky interview questions from all over the internet. What we’re going to focus on today is the basics. While it is 100% okay to ask the off-the-wall question in search of your perfect answer, it’s also extremely valuable to ask the basic questions any employer should be asking candidates. Here are a few examples of questions to ask potential employees regardless of the position in which they’re applying.
Why are you interested in this position?
Tell me about a time when you failed. How did you respond?
What’s your definition of Hard Work?
The most important item to remember when interviewing a candidate is that not only is this a great opportunity for you to get to know the person, it’s a great opportunity for them to get to know you as well. While it’s important to ask questions to make them think, it’s also important to ask questions that set the individual at ease and make them feel comfortable asking YOU questions. A job is a lot like a relationship, meaning the interview is much akin to a first date or series of dates. It’s not only important that you be impressed with the candidate, but that they WANT to work for your company. Solid relationships are built from the start and this is your opportunity NOT to grill and possibly intimidate your job-seeker but to make sure it’s a good fit for both parties.