How to get to know your next employee in less than an hour

When hiring a new employee, you want to make sure you pick the right candidate for the job. You are most likely looking for someone to stay onboard long-term, a great team-player (depending on the position), and an enthusiastic worker, why it is important to get to know the candidate as much as possible during the short 30-60 minutes interview session.

We recommend offering the candidate a glass of water/coffee/tea and a comfortable seating arrangement as you want her/him to relax and feel welcome. The more welcome the candidate feels, the more she/he usually opens up. Tell the candidate about the company, company culture, and the open position – and a bit about yourself. Remember, you are branding the business and the position, even while interviewing. There is no guarantee that the person you pick, picks you.

From experience and working with clients from all industries, we have outlined 10 of the most important interview questions that you would want to ask the candidate. These questions typically promote honest and detailed answers to your questions:

  1. Why did you apply for this position?
  2. How would your last boss describe you?
  3. 3 things you would you like to get better at?
  4. 3 things you are excellent at?
  5. What did you learn about yourself in your last job?
  6. What do you find the most interesting about our business?
  7. Tell me about a problem you solved and how you solved it?
  8. What was your biggest work related accomplishment in your last job?
  9. Where do you see yourself in 2 years and why?
  10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years and why?

Feel free to freestyle and ask the questions in the order that feels more comfortable and natural to you. Some candidates talk a lot while others need more guidance. Some candidates are nervous, some not. Everyone should feel welcome and when leaving the room you should both have an understanding of what the other party has to offer.

If it’s the right fit, don’t say, “You got the job!”. Instead say, “We would love to offer you the position. Are you interested?”. You want the candidate to know that your new work-relationship is a win-win situation.

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