What Are Some Great Questions to Ask a Potential Employee During a Job Interview?


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"Describe a project or situation that didn't turn out as you planned" is a great interview question, providing insight into the applicant's willingness to accept responsibility and ability to learn from difficult situations. Great questions challenge the candidate and explore his knowledge of the potential employer and the position available.

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A candidate's response to "Tell me what you know about our company" or "Why do you want to work here?" reflects the extent of his interest in the position and reveals how much time he spent preparing for the interview. A candidate's priorities also speaks to how he's likely to fit in the corporate culture. A response to "What challenges do you think you'll face in this position?" not only speaks to his understanding of the work, but provides insight to his analytical skills and priorities.

Questions that are more challenging than the typical ones about strengths and weaknesses include "What mistake do you most regret?" or "What are some reasons I shouldn't hire you?" Questions framed to challenge the interviewee spotlight how he deals with stress and thinks on his feet. The interview can watch to see if the candidate gets flustered, takes time to respond and comes across as authentic.

The wrap-up question should always be "Do you have any questions for me?" The candidate's questions are often the most informative aspect of the interview.

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