Interview Tips

  • Prepare the candidate: make sure they know where and when the interview will be held, who they’ll be interviewing with, who to ask for when they arrive, whether they’ll be in a group interview, what to bring, where to park, etc.
  • Write a list of questions that directly relate to the job’s responsibilities.
  • Be prepared. Understand the qualifications and responsibilities of the position you’re hiring for, be ready to answer questions about the company, and make yourself familiar with the applicant’s experience.
  • Be welcoming.
  • Outline the interview structure for the candidate when they arrive.
  • Be consistent with your questions.
  • An interview is a mutual exchange of information. Remember that the candidate is gathering information as you gather information.
  • Be a strong listener.
  • Ask appropriate follow-up questions.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Tell us about a personal, career, or education triumph that you are proud of.
  • Tell us about the best work relationship you ever had.
  • Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  • What three things do you need to be successful in this job?
  • Tell us about a time you did the right thing, but nobody saw you do it.
  • Tell us about a time where you had a conflict with someone, like a coworker or a classmate: how did you handle it?
  • What questions do you have for us?
  • Tell us about a time where you made a mistake: what did you do to resolve it?
  • Tell us something other than money that would inspire you to keep a job.
  • Tell us about a time when something out of your control went wrong: how did you demonstrate flexibility and contribute to recovery?
  • What is the last new thing you learned?
  • Tell us about a time when you took a big risk. What was the outcome?
  • Tell us about the smartest person you know.
  • Tell us about someone famous who inspires you and why.