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The Top 11 Interview Questions to Ask a Candidate

By the SpyGlass Partners Blog

Interviews are a great way to get to know a candidate you may be considering adding to your team. There are a million different questions you can ask to get insight into their background to gauge if they could be a fit at your organization. But if you only have 30 minutes with the candidate, which questions are the best to ask? We’ve compiled a list of the top 11 questions to ask a candidate during an interview: 

  1. Why they are looking to make a move?  
  2. Can you tell me something about yourself that isn’t on your resume? 
  3. Are there any skills that you might want to improve on that are listed in the job description? 
  4. What skills do you consider yourself strong in? 
  5. Can you describe a situation where you were involved in a work project and a problem arose? How did you overcome the problem? 
  6. What are your long-term career goals? 
  7. When you have had to work with someone whose personality you didn’t mesh with, how did you overcome that and find a way to work together? 
  8. Why do you want to work at our company?
  9. If you had an increase in workload, how would you prioritize tasks? 
  10. What are your biggest accomplishments you have had in your career so far? 
  11. Can you tell me about a time where you failed at a task? How did you rectify the failure? 

The most important thing about an interview is picking questions that give insight into what kind of worker they are, if they can multi-task, etc. as well as if they have the skills needed to perform the job. Communicating effectively is also important. Make sure you give candidates information such as what their day-to-day will look like 

If you’d like to learn more about best practices for conducting worthwhile interviews, contact us today! 

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