How to Interview Job Candidates

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      Your interview questions should closely reflect the position itself and the type of candidate you’re seeking. Some useful questions to consider include:

      • Can you tell me about yourself?
      • Why do you want to work for us?
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      • Can you tell me about a challenge you’ve had to overcome?
      • Why are you leaving your current job?

      You want to give your candidates the best chance at success, so it’s important to make them feel relaxed and comfortable before you begin the interview. You can help to make your candidates feel comfortable by doing the following:

      • Be friendly and welcoming when they arrive
      • Offer them a drink
      • Make small talk before you dive into questions
      • Be on time

      When it’s time to conclude the interview, give your candidate the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the role or the company. You should then be clear about the next steps and when they can expect to hear from you. If you have a timeline for hiring, make this known to the candidate too.

      It’s also courteous to thank your candidate for their time and walk them out of the interview room.

      Generally you’ll need to interview as many candidates as it takes to find the perfect fit. There is no definite number, however it’s advisable to interview multiple candidates.

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