What questions should I ask a job applicant?
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently conducted its
Interviewing as an Art
Interviewing potential job applicants is a challenge for many small business owners. It can be hard to gauge whether an employee is a right fit for your position when you likely will only have a few minutes to spend with them. You can start by preparing yourself for the interview by reviewing the applicant’s resume and any other information provided in the job application. Consider the following questions to ask during the interview:
What professional achievement are you most proud of? Asking an applicant about their biggest professional achievement will give you a better idea of where the applicant’s true strengths lie. The question is usually well met by the interviewee, who wants to highlight his or her achievements, and can be a good
What interests you most in this position? You want to hire a candidate that is truly interested in the job position you seek to fill. By asking the applicant about why they applied for the job, you can prove how well they researched the company and their motivations for applying, allowing you to hire an excited employee.
How would you describe your working style? The ideal work environment is diverse with employees of all different working styles. You can ask an applicant about his or her working style to decide whether the workplace will benefit from the new employee.
Tell me about a major obstacle you faced and how you overcame it. All employees will face challenges. You want to hire an applicant that knows how to overcome issues and obstacles. With this question, you will also learn about the applicant’s