Too many employees, especially professionals, are hired on the basis of just a few interviews, no reference checks, and no independent assessment of personality traits. To improve the quality of the interview process, consider these questions. There are several different philosophies when it comes to the interview process. Depending on the position being filled, some employers will look more closely at specific technical skills, others will be concerned primarily with how this individual will fit in with the team, and some will focus on an applicant's enthusiasm and desire for the position. The need to handle specific tasks, supervise others, meet with clients and/or work independently will factor into how you approach the interview process and make your assessment of the candidates. Although you can get the answers to many questions from looking at a resume, it is important to hear each prospective employee respond so that he or she can provide greater insight into his or her previous employment and education.
Questions to Consider Asking Prospective Employees Past Job 1. How did you get your last job? 2. What were your specific responsibilities? 3. What did you like about the job? 4. What did you dislike about the job? 5. What did you learn from the job? 6. Did you run into any difficult situations? How did you handle them? 7. Tell me about the types of interaction you had with other workers. 8. Tell me about an accomplishment of which you are particularly proud. 9. What experience have you had supervising other workers? 10. Why did you leave your past jobs? 11. Why do you want to leave your current job? 12. What is the compensation at your current job? 13. What is your salary expectation for this position? The New Job 14. What would be your specific goals for this job? 15. What experience do you have that you think will be helpful for this job? 16. What would you like to get from this new job? Education 17. What subjects did you excel in when you were in school? 18. What was your major? 19. Where did you attend (high school, college or post-graduate school)? 20. Are you interested in continuing your education? General Information 21. What do you consider your strong points? 22. What areas do you consider yourself weak in? 23. What spe
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