Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Top 10 Interview questions to ask
The technique of conducting interviews vary from one recruiter to another, may it be a company official or a manpower consultant. But, it becomes very essential for the employers to do in a way that could ease the candidates at the same leaves a strong positive impression about the company and its respective officials. A major part that makes any interview successful or crash is its questions. Thus, being an employer one needs to be extra careful as what, when and how to interrogate a particular candidate in a specific profile. In case the interview is conducted by a recruitment agency, one has to have a domain knowledge tied up with analytical skills to judge the talent and potential of a candidate.
Given below are few of the essential questions that an employer can ask from their candidates in order to check their skills:
Question #1: "Tell me something about yourself (interests, likes, dislikes)”
Question #2: "What was the biggest challenge in your career by far and how did you overcome that?”
Question #3: "What made you choose this profile?"
Question #4: “How good are you technically?”
Question #5: “How good are you at team work?”
Question #6: “Which all areas are you good at besides your area of specialization?”
Question #7: “How active are you socially?”
Question #8: "Why did you choose this organization?”
Question #9: “Where would you want to see yourself in two years from now?”
Question #10: “If we hire you what would you do primarily to enhance the current growth of this organization in your respective field?”
Firstly, try to ease the candidate by developing a rapport with them so that they can open up with their thoughts easily.
One should break the ice in an interview. It is very essential to build up a frank ambiance within the professional front in order to know the candidate well. Thus, starting with a very casual question about candidate’s background, family, qualification, likes, dislikes present a clear picture about them in front of the employers. This makes the respective candidate feel comfortable and they present an honest opinion about asked issues.
An employer should have a clear idea about the candidate's past performances and potential. Every professional or fresher has to undergo a certain challenge or obstacle in their professional front. It may be the extra work pressure, handling loud clients or even overcoming some financial crisis. In case the candidate is able to answer strong, straight and diplomatic questions well by sitting a well farmed example that mean he has the potential. Few candidates perform well at the time of interview and not at the time of performance. Thus, ask few task based alternate question that would give you an idea about their knowledge.
Check the candidate’s domain knowledge and additional technical skills. Well, the questions being asked by a respective recruitment agency or company official might differ as per the area of work or line of business. However, it is necessary to check that how smart and technically sound a candidate is.