To most people, conducting an employment interview may seem like a walk in the park. Hiring Managers, on the other hand, know that conducting good interviews can be challenging and requires a high level of skill. Questioning a candidate goes much deeper than ascertaining job skills and experience. You also need to find out what makes the person tick. Well crafted, open-ended questions can help you go beyond the resume and teach you more about the candidate’s soft skills. What questions should you ask? According to Hiring Managers there are ten must-ask questions:

Tell me about two professional accomplishments that you are most proud of and why.

Tell me about what you consider to be your biggest professional failure and how you handled the situation.

Tell me about working with a difficult colleague and how you managed that.

What is something people would be most surprised to learn about you?

If you could change one thing about your career thus far, what would that be and why?

What do you consider to be your biggest success?

What interests you most about this position and our company?

Why do you want this position?

Why are you leaving your current position?

Why should I hire you?

You get the picture. Your objective is to start a conversation and get the candidate to open up to you. It is as much an art as it is a science, and the more experience you get, the better you’ll become. Happy interviewing.

Danielle Foppe is a Recruitment Manager at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.