Video:How to Ask Questions That Will Be the Most Telling About a Candidatewith Angela Lussier
The right interview questions will reveal if a candidate is qualified for a job position. Learn what questions to ask and how to evaluate the answers during a job candidate interview.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Ask Questions That Will Be the Most Telling About a CandidateHi! This is Angela Lussier for About.com, and today we'll talk about how to ask questions that will be the most telling about a candidate.
Ask the Candidate About Leadership Skills and AdaptabilityLeadership is an important element to touch on in your interview. A good question to ask is, how did you motivate others in the past? So, the reason you might ask a question like this is because you want to find out how to motivate a team in the future. What kinds of tools do they use? What's their approach? What kinds of things do they say to their staff to make sure they're on the same page and get the job done?
Adaptability is another important element. A good question to ask is, tell me about a time when you had to adjust your style to work with a colleagues' style to get the job done. This is important if teamwork is an important element of the job you're applying for.
Ask About the Candidate's Priorities and Teamwork SkillsCommunication and teamwork is another important element when it comes to hiring a new candidate. A question you may want to start with is, how did you deal with conflict in the past? This question will shed some light and insight on their ability to deal with adversity. Planning and organization is another key area.
Another important question is, how do you determine priorities when setting your schedule? Task management is important to ask the candidate about, because you want to understand how seriously they take deadlines and goal setting.Behavioral interviewing is a very important way to get to know your candidate.
The Candidate Should Understand Each Questions' PurposeThe best way to do this is by asking the right questions and listening for the most important part of the answer. The key to behavioral interview questions is making sure the candidate is identifying the following areas to make sure they fully understand the purpose of each question. You can fully evaluate this with the acronym STAR. S is for situation use. This is where the candidate will give specific details about the situation or task.T is for task. What led to the situational task?A is for action taken. What you did, and who was involved.R is for results. What was the outcome?
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