The Must Ask Interview Questions

Traditional interview questions are no longer suitable in obtaining the right information from candidates.

There are a lot of resources available to assist candidates to prepare for interviews and rehearse responses, making it important for employers to review their questions.

It’s time to rethink your interview questions with a focus on work-related questions that showcase fit, ability and willingness.

  • Which future trends do you think will impact [product, service, industry]?
  • Describe a time you felt you were right but you still had to follow opposing directions or guidelines?
  • What would you most like to learn here that would help you in the future?
  • Tell me about a work related setback that you have faced. How did you deal with it?
  • Describe a project or idea that you identified and was implemented. What was your role?
  • Looking forward 12 months, what would you have achieved to feel like you have been successful in your role?
  • What makes you excited to get up and go to work each day?
  • What do you need from me (and my team) to be successful?

So while the traditional interview questions still have a place, such as during the phone screening interview, the above will provide you with a thoughtful and challenging set of questions giving you better information for making decisions.

Do you need further help with your recruitment process?  Contact Small Business Society for more information.


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About Kate Tongue

Kate Tongue is the founding Director of Small Business Society.

She is a qualified and experienced Human Resources professional with more than 10 years of experience across the private and public sectors.

Her particular interest and experience is in managing the employee life cycle, delivering process improvements, and Human Resource strategy.


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