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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Applicants

When you are interviewing applicants at hiring time, the questions you ask can reveal much about the potential employee. You’ll make a better decision at the end.

You will first want to list out the questions you’ll ask rather than try to keep them in your head. And don’t make it a long complicated list. An average for an in-person interview should run no longer than 30 or 40 minutes.

Cover all relevant points on the position in your questions. You want to ensure the most important ones are agreeable. Less important ones can be worked out.

Before you begin with the questioning, you should take a few minutes to outline the objectives of your company and give the person an overview of what you do in your business.

Besides questions establishing basic skills of your applicant some other questions you can ask are:

What career goals have you set for yourself and how do they relate to our company objectives as I described?

If we call a former employer, what will he tell us about your dependability?

Give me an example of a time you showed your trustworthiness in school or on the job.

Can you give me an example of a time at work that you went above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish something?

These are just a few ideas to put on your “question list.”

The People Link knows all the right questions to ask and can screen applicants to ensure you get the ideal employee as a team member in your company.


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