Tips for Asking Better Interview Questions, and Getting Better Answers
A good interviewer treats the interview like a conversation, not an interrogation.
It’s your responsibility as the interviewer to make candidates feel at ease while asking them focused questions to evaluate if they are the right fit for the job. Poor practices like asking too many questions, speaking over interviewees, and being unprepared can discourage candidates and potentially push the right one away. Here are some methods commonly used to help ask better questions in interviews:
1) Make candidates feel warm and welcome
Ease candidates into the interview by making them feel warm and welcome. Asking too many questions right away and rushing can stress candidates out and affect their performance during the interview. Take some time to introduce yourself and enquire about them as well.
2) Ask them about their daily routines
Learning about candidate’s daily routines can help you get an idea of how they manage their time and priorities, and how productive they may, or may not be throughout the day.
3) Find out their future plans
Ask candidates about their plans for the future. Do they have an exciting trip coming up? Are they continuing their studies? Or perhaps they want to be working in an executive role. Look for a level of excitement and enthusiasm candidates have when talking about these plans. They should be excited about the opportunity to grow and improve themselves through new experiences.
4) Make them think and ask “how” questions
Open-ended questions make candidates think, and prevent simple “yes” or “no” answers. And don’t forget to ask more follow-up questions. These help keep the momentum of the conversation going and encourage candidates to explain their answers. Asking “how” questions are perfect for getting information on how a candidate solved a problem, achieved satisfactory results, implemented a new system, etc.
5) And ask them less intelligent questions, too
Asking candidates to explain an acronym on their resume or getting clarification on a particular part of their answer you didn’t understand are important questions. Don’t skip over these small details to move on to the bigger questions. It’s beneficial for you to get all the correct information and helps the candidate feel more confident and eager to explain themselves.
You can find more tips to help improve your interview discussions in this article from the folks at wisestep.
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