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Interview questions for employers

At Harpers, we believe that it’s not just the candidate who has to prepare for an interview, it’s the employer too! In order to receive the key information about your candidate, it is only revealed when you pose the right questions. So, what should you ask?

We have put together 9 useful questions to ask your potential employee at an interview, read below to find out:

  1. What do you know about the position? It’s good to know that the candidate has read through the job description thoroughly and to clarify anything about the role they may have missed at the beginning of the interview.
  2. What do you know about the company? It is equally important that the candidate has done their research on the company. This shows their commitment to the interview and the role. If they have gone the extra mile to learn some of the history, have read through your website, any articles in the press or updates on your social media.
  3. Which skills make you the most qualified for this position? Whilst it is important to get a good feel for how the candidate will fit in with the team and the company, it is key to know that they have the relevant skills for the position. Not only do you get to hear about the candidate's competencies, but it is also a chance to confirm they have the appropriate understanding of everything the role entails.
  4. What is your greatest achievement to date – on a personal and professional level? We are very keen on asking this question as it shows how focused the individual is on a professional and personal level. The candidate's goal should be to impress you, so prepare to be wowed!
  5. If we were to ask your manager/colleague / best friend what your best attributes are, what would they say? This is an opportunity to get a feel for the candidate's personality in and out of work and how they will fit in to your team.
  6. Can you tell me about a time when you overcame a challenge? This is an effective way for you to gain a better understanding of how that person’s experience translates from paper to the real world. This is also a great question to ask to get a feel of what your candidate is like on a professional and personal level.
  7. What three words would you use to describe your ideal work environment? It’s smart to ask what the candidate prefers in terms of atmosphere to ensure you find someone who can not only survive—but thrive—in your existing culture. For better or for worse, this question will at least help you determine whether or not that applicant would feel comfortable in the work environment you’ve already fostered.
  8. Why are you leaving your current employer? Posing this question will give you some greater insight into that person’s professional history—as well as help you to identify any red flags.
  9. What excites you most about this position? Skills can be taught, but there’s one thing that can’t be: enthusiasm. When an interviewee is truly excited about an opportunity, that typically translates into excellent work and greater longevity with your company.

Lastly, tie up the interview by asking and answering any additional questions you or the candidate may have.

Confirm you and the candidate are on the same page with regards to working hours, days, salary and the benefits scheme.

Inform the candidate when they will hear the result of their interview or whether there will be a second stage.

If you have an available position within your company and wish to discuss your staffing requirements, contact us today to talk to one of our knowledgeable and friendly consultants or fill out our job brief HERE