As a hiring manager going into interviews, you are going to want to come prepared with an arsenal of helpful, insightful questions that will help you to determine if a candidate is the right fit for a job. But between legal landmines and questions that produce vague answers, it can be tough to know exactly what questions to pose to your potential new employee. This guide will walk you through what questions to avoid at all cost, which ones won’t get you helpful results, and the best questions to find out what you need to know.
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Questions to Avoid at all Costs
Illegal/Risky questions include:
- How much do you currently make?
- Will your religious affiliation impact the work you do, or your availability for work?
- How many sick days did you take at your last job?
- Are you married? Do you have children? Are you planning to have children?
Questions That Won’t Get You Very Far
- "Why do you believe we should hire you over the other qualified candidates?"
- "What is your biggest weakness?"
- "What animal would you be and why?"
The Best Interview Questions
- What is the most difficult decision you have had to make at work? How did you arrive at your decision? What was the result?
- Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours.
- Tell me about your greatest achievement at work and what impact it had on your job.
- What's the most constructive professional feedback you've received? What did you do with the information and how has it impacted you?
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