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Entry-Level Interview Questions: How To Spot Top Talent

Posted by The ConveyIQ Team

How can you spot top talent in an entry-level interview? Be sure to assess the following skills as you put together your hiring plan ahead of the next campus recruiting season:

Communication

Asking questions that force candidates to communicate effectively will help you learn more about a candidate's ability to think on their feet. Consider these sample interview questions:

  • How do you think your education prepared you for this job?
  • Without much work experience, how can I tell you are a good fit for the job?
  • Tell me about a time you had a boss or teammate who failed to adequately communicate with you. How did you handle the situation?

Time Management

Some college students develop superior study and work habits during school. See what to expect from an entry-level candidate by asking:

  • How do you determine priorities when scheduling your time?
  • How do you decide what amount of time is reasonable for a certain task?
  • Do you set aside time for planning and scheduling?

Problem Solving

Candidates will need to prove their ability to think logically through a problem or issue regardless of what job they're applying for. Consider sample questions like:

  • What was your biggest challenge as a student and how did you solve it?
  • What major problems have you encountered at your past jobs or internships? How did you deal with these problems?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?

Teamwork

It’s important to ask entry-level interview candidates what real-world experience they already have. Many of these candidates will have completed internships or part-time jobs that make up the basis of their real-world experience. See that they’ve taken away key professional skills by asking questions like:

  • Are you a team player?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.

Motivation

An appropriate response will show that the candidate has thought out their career plans. Listen closely to see if their career goals match up with what your company has to offer — thinking in the long-term is key to reducing turnover. Consider questions like these:

  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  • Do you have plans for continued study?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work here?

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