Preparing for an interview requires work by both employer and candidate. As an employer, you want to develop a list of standard interview questions to shape the interview, structured in a way that will let you learn about your candidates in a conversational way.
Although each position that you are hiring for will require position-specific questions, asking all of your candidates some general questions will enable you outline a candidate’s goals and aspirations, as well as test their cultural fit.
To help you get a sense of each candidate, here are some of our favorite standard interview questions:
This question will give you some background on candidate in their own words. This open-ended question is a great way to judge communication skills and get to know the candidate on a personal level.
Asking a question like this will often highlight the candidate’s strengths and will help you determine whether the candidate is truly passionate about the role and the company as a whole.
This question will show how much homework the candidate has done about your company and your products, which is another indicator of the candidate’s interest excitement about the role.
This question will showcase a candidate’s ability to deal with stressful situations, and how they manage potential conflict. Look for answers that showcase the candidate’s ability to find proactive solutions to difficult situations, or took leadership.
This question will showcase a candidate’s ability to work with others. It will also help you assess their potential cultural fit and how they could potentially work as a part of your company.
This will highlight the candidate’s motivation, experience and eagerness to learn.
This allows the candidate to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creativity, and ability to manage deadlines.
Hiring candidates with strong drive and aspiration is crucial for growing companies. Watch for candidates who are ambitious, set goals and have a plan to accomplish them.
This is a great question to get insight into what candidates find important, and even pick up some great advice along the way.
Candidates should come with questions about the position and your company — be prepared to answer as many questions as needed.