Hiring Questions to prepare for
While it is easy for hiring professionals to determine just what the wrong questions to ask during an interview are, it can be much harder for them to come up with the right ones.
Asking effective interview questions is a skill that every recruiter has to possess, as a resume only ever tells half of a candidate’s story.
Here are five questions you can expect from a hiring recruiter. They are trying to get a much clearer picture of who the person sitting across from themand to see how suitable they might be for the position they are applying for:
1 . Why are You Interested in Working for Our Company?
This question helps a recruiter determine just how much research and preparation a candidate has done before they came for the interview. Google the company and know all you can about them before the interview. Do not tell them you are there just to get a job! Be truly interested in the company, their corporate environment and even ask questions on the phone of the receptionist. This is a good sign that you are truly interested in the position and not just going after any job you can get.
2 . In What Areas Do You Think You Could Develop Professionally?
This question is a twist on the old “what are your greatest strengths” query and although it is likely to make you more uncomfortable, the answer can be very telling. Answer this question with honesty, poise and candor. Be prepared!
3 . Why Do You Think You are Suited for this Position? – This maybe one of the oldest recruiting interview questions in the book but it is still a very good one.
What a recruiter is really looking for here is a happy balance between being overly boastful and being far too modest in your answer.
If a candidate can relate specific experiences or skills listed on their resume to the specific position with the company that they are interviewing for then that is another rather positive sign that this candidate might be “the one”.
4 . If You Were to Start This Job Tomorrow, What Would Your Priorities Be?
The answer to this very open-ended question can further help a recruiter determine just how much effort a candidate has put into researching what the position they are interviewing for really entails and that they have a good grasp of what might be required of them.
It is also a very good way to see if a candidate has the ability to show some real initiative of their own while fitting in with the general company vision.
5 . What Questions Do You Have for Me?
When all is said and done this question can be the most telling of all. There are a lot of recruiting professionals who can tell stories about how poorly even the most promising of candidates sometimes answers this question.
If your first response is to ask how much vacation time you get or when you will be able to take it, or how long your lunch break would be, these a very bad signs! However if you come up with a thoughtful, pertinent one, even if it is just one, then that is another very positive indicator you are truly interested in the job and have been listening to all that has been said over the course of the entire interview.
Happy Job Searching!