Common interview questions
It’s always a good idea to start with a range of basic interview questions, starting with asking the candidate to tell you about themselves. It would be a good idea to steer them away from talking about themselves in a professional capacity and focus more on what they’re like on a personal level. This will not only give you an idea as to what their interests are and whether they’ll fit in with your existing team, but also about their commitments. For example, they might say they have two small children, or that they volunteer on certain days of the week, or that they’re a part-time carer. You can then determine how best you might be able to support them if they joined your team.
Next, ask them about their strengths to see what they excel most at. This will allow you to identify if they can bridge any skills gaps in your department, and whether they can complement other team members to bolster output. In contrast, ask them about their weaknesses. If they respond with something cliched like ‘I work too much’, this could indicate that they are overly confident. If they highlight a particular skill that they feel they are lacking, this could indicate that they are honest at accepting their flaws, but that they also would be willing to make the effort to turn that weakness into a strength.
Finally, you will want to ask your interviewee what they know about your company. Ideally, they will have undertaken extensive research and will be able to tell you when you were founded and by whom, the types of clients you work with and what your ethos is. If they can’t, this could mean they haven’t prepared and perhaps don’t have too much of an interest in the company as a whole, rather they most care about the individual role.