Our List of The 10 Most Effective Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

There are a lot of good interview questions you can ask, and the best ones don’t have right or wrong answers.

These open-ended questions are designed to bring out certain qualities in a candidate. If a hiring manager knows what kind of qualities they’re looking for in an employee, good open-ended interview questions are a great way to find candidates with the desired qualities.

Consider the follow questions and how the responses to them can help you make a hiring decision.

How would you handle (this real job scenario)?

Since you want someone who can handle the job, why not directly ask candidates how they might handle a certain task or situation associated with that job? For instance, you could ask a quality control applicant how they who handle a manager who doesn’t want to hear about minor product defects.

The answer to this question should provide insight into candidates’ thought processes and could even result in some new ideas for the role.

What is a big misconception about you and why?

Some businesses want employees who are self-aware, who know their capabilities and their limitations. Asking people to explain misconceptions about them allows you to gauge both their self-awareness and degree to which they manage their own reputation.

Talk about a time you showed courage

All companies want to hire people with good morals, and it often takes courage to stick to your principles. Obviously, you want to hear a positive story, and not a story about robbing a bank.

What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

This question provides a window into who candidates are as people and it can be invaluable to determine culture fit.

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?

Wacky, off-the-wall questions like these can allow you to see how candidates think on their feet.

Why do you want this job?

Every company wants to hire passionate people. Asking candidates why they want to job helps you spot people who are genuinely passionate about their field and working in a position like the one you are offering.

What kind of a person are you?

This question gives interviewees a chance to either show off their creativity with an oddball answer, or separate themselves from the pack with an impressive, serious response.

In your career, is it better to play it safe or always take chances?

A good response to this question depends on the kind of candidate you are looking for. If you are looking for someone who isn’t going to rock the boat, you want someone who is a bit conservative. If you are looking for someone to think outside the box, you want a risk taker.

What’s the hardest part about working on a team?

If you are hiring for a position that requires a lot of collaboration, you need someone who can fit into an existing team. Responses to this question will indicate how a candidate collaborates with others and if their personality will clash with a current team member.

Talk about your current or last boss.

You need to know how each applicant views authority and this question can help get to the bottom of that.

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