Ask the Right Questions During the Interview

For job applicants, the job interview is the ultimate test. The candidate knows that if he or she gives the right answers, it helps him or her clinch the coveted position. As an interviewer, then, your job is not just to ask questions but also to ask the right kind of questions.

In the human resources industry, there are many cases of interviewers scratching their heads and wondering why the person they chose turned out to be the opposite of what they expected.

Asking the right kind of questions and getting the answers you really need to hear helps improve not just the hiring process but also helps improve the quality of your workplace as well.

Here are the 5 Types of Right Questions to ask:

Basic Questions – These can be the simple questions answerable by a yes or no or other simple answers. Ask these kind of questions if you want to verify information on an applicant’s resume. Examples:

How long did you work with your former employer?

Do you know basic Microsoft Word applications?

When did you shift careers?

Direct/Object Questions – Ask these type of questions to get more detailed or descriptive answers. The applicant’s answers can help you gain more information about his or her suitability for the job. Examples:

Why do you want this job?

Describe to us your former job.

What are your work habits?

Mirror Questions – As the word implies, a mirror question is intended to reveal a side of the applicant that he or she may not want to share right away or doesn’t want you to know. If you feel you’re not getting enough candid or forthright information from the applicant, then ask these questions. Examples:

What where the things you didn’t like about your previous employer/

What are your weaknesses and limitations?

How can you be a real asset to our company?

Unconnected Questions – If you want to know the applicant really better, ask questions that don’t seem to have any connection to the job. This is where an applicant can become really at ease and let his or her guard down. As he or she becomes more relaxed, more candid, sincere replies or statements are given. Examples:

What is your favorite pastime?

If you had a past life, who do you think you would be?

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

Dirty Dozen Questions – Ideally, all interviews should have questions from this set. They are basically the most important questions to ask, and they can also be categorized in the other types already mentioned here. Don’t conclude an interview without asking at least two of these questions:

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Why did you leave your last job?

Why do you want to work for us?

Why should we hire you?

What do you know about our company?

What do you want achieve in your career?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

How much is your asking salary?

Why should we hire you and not the other candidate?

What if we told you you’re not qualified for the job?

What if we hire you and you turn out to be less than what we expected?

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