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.
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.