Effective Interview Questions

Effective Interview Questions

The interviewing process plays an important role in your hiring decision. Assess your candidates’ qualifications and potential company culture fit by asking questions from three important categories: Leading, Behavioral and Open-Ended:

Leading

  • Who hired you?
  • Who do you report to?
  • Tell me about your company.
  • What do you do there?
  • Why are you looking to leave your current position?
  • How many employees work for your current company?
  • How many of them do you oversee/support on a daily basis?
  • How much money comes out of your paycheck for benefits?
  • How costly and long is your commute?
  • Have you discussed your discontent with your manager?
  • What software packages are you proficient/familiar with?
  • What is your ideal compensation package?
  • What makes you a valuable employee?

Behavioral

  • Describe a specific project you planned from start to finish.
  • How did you arrive at your decision?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What would you do differently if you had to do it over again?
  • Describe the biggest decision you’ve had to make.
  • What problems did you encounter?
  • How did you handle them?
  • What was the outcome?

Open-Ended

  • Tell me about your proudest accomplishment(s).
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What do you like least about it?
  • What is your most important career goal?
  • Where do you see yourself in 2 to 5 years?
  • If a superior wrote a reference about you, how would it read?
  • What would you say you would like to improve about yourself?

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