Top 9 Questions to Ask While Hiring

27 January4 min read
Top 9 Questions to Ask While Hiring

We are all aware of the stressful hiring process. The entire process is exhausting, not just for job seekers, but also for hiring managers!  

It's important to know an applicant well during an interview. It's essential for hiring candidates to have the skills and experience you're searching for, as well as the mentality and personality that mesh with the rest of your team.  

Questions like, "What is your biggest weakness?" and "Are you a team player?" are often asked to understand a candidate's true character during an interview. But what are the questions you REALLY need to ask?  

Here are the top job interview questions to ask, along with suitable responses for each one, to help you out in your next hiring process.  

1. What do you know about us and our competitors?


The extra research a candidate does before getting to the interview shows how motivated they are to land this job.  

Listen to the overview of what your company does, where they see you in the market, etc. 

2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your knowledge of X?


Discuss the role they applied for, the experience and expertise required, and the tasks and responsibilities involved.  

It's now time to see if the candidate checks all the boxes. Ask them about their work experience, the technologies that they have worked on, and the various responsibilities that they've taken on at their previous organizations. Some good questions to ask to assess their technical knowledge are as follows:  

3. Hypothetically, if I am facing an XYZ issue, how would you propose to solve it?


Responses should either acknowledge the issue or list the difficulties. This gives you the opportunity to properly evaluate the candidate's knowledge on the matter to gauge how well they can fill the gap in your team. 

Note: You can even assign them a short task they can work on and submit after the completion of the interview. The execution of this lends even more credibility to their skills.  

4. What did you like the most about working at your previous organization?


You also need to determine if the candidate is a strong cultural fit for your company. In an ideal world, you'd identify applicants who share your company's values, behaviors, qualifications, and ethics. The best new hires will be those who are a good match for both the position and the company's culture.  

5. How do you prefer to communicate with coworkers?


Effective communication can improve teamwork and project collaboration. Internal communication can be streamlined by improving workplace communication.  

In a remote situation, this matters, even more, to avoid delays, improve transparency, and not overwhelm colleagues with unnecessary messages and interruptions. 

6. Describe your dream job.

Answers to such questions will give you a better idea of the candidate's personality and whether they would fit well with the rest of your team. 

7. Describe a time when you set yourself a challenging task.

This question will help you determine whether a candidate will be able to handle the ambitious goals you have in store for them if you're seeking someone who is goal-oriented and results-driven, which is what most hiring managers are searching for. Inquire further by asking, "What did you do to attain them?" Ask the candidate to explain the procedure and the thought process behind the objectives they established for themselves.  

8. What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?


This question will help you understand the employee better. Employing a person who can perform the job properly is important, but you also want someone who takes pride in their work. By asking the candidate to discuss their biggest professional achievement, you give them the chance to highlight their career, but you also gain a better understanding of the kind of work that makes them happy and may decide whether it's compatible with the requirements of the position. 

9. What are your long-term career goals?


You will evaluate how ambitious, goal-oriented, and diligent an applicant is by asking them about their long-term career ambitions. Look for professional objectives that coincide with the values, mission, and/or goals of your organization. This query can also show the candidate's anticipated length of employment with your business. It might not be the ideal fit if their long-term professional ambitions cannot be met by working at your business. 

To Sum Up

Replies that are direct are much better because they demonstrate the candidate's confidence in expressing their views in front of decision-makers. Honest answers are good answers. There is no perfect answer to any question, as it varies from individual to individual. Above all, the honesty of the candidate matters in the interview.