Questions for Interviewing
Here’s a list of handy questions that are great to ask potential applicants, as well as questions that you may NOT ask during an interview.
- Tell me about your work experience. How is it related to this position?
- What interests you most about this position?
- How did you find out about this job?
- Describe your familiarity with this position/department.
Self Awareness/Communication Skills:
- What motivates you to do your best work?
- What do you consider to be you greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Describe a typical day at work.
- What are your short term goals? Long term? How does this position help you to achieve those goals?
- What were your most significant accomplishments at your last job?
- What were the three most important responsibilities in your last job?
- How do you best receive feedback?
- Tell me about an interruption that caused you to reschedule your work.
- Tell me about a deadline you had to meet. How much advance notice did you have?
- What do you do when you have a great deal of work to accomplish in a short period of time?
- What do you do when you’re having trouble solving a problem?
- How do you organize yourself for day-to-day activities?
- Tell me about a conflict you have encountered at work? How did you handle it? Is there anything you would do differently?
- What has been your most important work-related idea?
- Tell me about the last change that occurred in your office. How did you handle it? What did you learn from it?
- How would you work to create a work environment that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse?
- Tell us about a time you had to work with someone who had the direct opposite personality of yours? What were the challenges? What were the benefits?
- Can you recall a time when you gave feedback to a colleague who was not accepting of others?
- Give an example of a time your values and beliefs impacted your relationship with colleagues.
- Has diversity played a role in shaping/changing your work style? If so, how?
- Tell us about a time you changed your style to work more effectively with a person from a different background.
- Tell me about a time an employee made a significant mistake. What action did you take?
- Tell me about a time you had to coach an employee to perform a task.
- When evaluating an employee or team member’s performance what factors are most important to you?
- Describe your management philosophy.
- Have you supervised people in your current job? If so, what were their titles and what type of supervision did you give them?
- What makes a good supervisor?
- This position requires some evening/weekend/on-call work. Will you be able to meet this requirement?
- This position requires heavy lifting/standing for long periods/climbing stairs/working from ladders/working outside/sitting for long periods, etc. Will you be able to perform those functions?
- What hours are you available/unavailable to work?
- This position requires travel 30% of the time. Does this pose any problems for you?
- Are you eligible to work in the US?
- Are any of your references or qualifications under a different name?
- Do you have the required degree/certifications/qualifications for this position?
- How would your supervisor describe your attendance at work?
Job Interview questions you MUST NOT ask:
- Do not ask about marital status.
- Do not ask sexual orientation/race/gender/national origin/religion/age, etc.
- Do not ask ages of any children or if the applicant has children. Do not ask who will take care of the children while the applicant is working.
- Do not ask an applicant if they are pregnant or plan to have children.
- Do not ask where the applicant’s spouse works.
- Do not ask applicant if he/she are bilingual (unless job requires them to be)
- Do not ask what church, clubs or organization the applicant attends.
- Do not ask what political party with which the applicant is affiliated.
- Do not ask if the applicant rents or owns their place of residence.
- Do not ask questions regarding health issues or disabilities.
- Do not ask applicant if he/she was ever arrested.
- Do not has applicant if he/she ever served in the armed services or what kind of discharge he/she received.
- Do not write anything subjective on the application form or interview materials. (ie – “Clothes were too tight” or “I didn’t like him/her.”)
- Do not ask what the maiden name is.
- Do not ask how much longer the applicant plans to work before retirement.
- Do not ask when they graduated.
- Do not ask how many sick days they took at their previous job.
- Do not ask who all they will cover with benefits if offered the job.
Last updated: 6/13/2016