Interview Techniques

Executive RecruitingWhen you are sitting in an interview are there questions you really want answers to but you are just not sure how to ask them? Maybe you are not sure what you can legally ask. Here are some examples of answers that you want and how you can ask a questions to get those answers:





Why is the candidate searching for a job? Why did you leave your last position?
Would this candidate enjoy working here? What do you need most in a good workable situation?
Can this candidate learn our technology? Tell me about a time you needed to learn a new computer program?  What was it?  How did you go about learning it?
Will s/he work hard for me? Tell us about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
I am a small business and don’t have the time to train- how will this candidate manage? Have you worked in an environment with limited support?  Tell us how you managed?  How did you develop the tools you needed to work effectively and productively?
Does the candidate smoke? This office has a non smoking policy and employees are not permitted to smoke during working hours, on the premises.  Can you abide by this policy?
Is this candidate a U.S. citizen? Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?
Which religious holidays does s/he observe? Are you able to work with our required schedule?
This candidate seems older than most, will s/he want to retire soon? What are your long-term career goals?
Will this candidate be having children soon? Are you available to work overtime on occasion? Can you travel?
How many sick days did the candidate take last year? How many days of work did you miss last year?