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Interview Questions to Ask 

Ask the right questions in a job interview

Interview Questions to Ask

Coming up with the right interview questions to ask is a critical aspect of the recruitment process. Recruiters and hiring managers go beyond looking at resumés by conducting interviews to better assess the knowledge, skills, and experience of potential employees. During face-to-face interviews, recruiters will know more about the candidate through body language, attire, punctuality, etc. For phone interviews, they will rely on the candidate’s tone of voice and how he/she responds to questions.


Interview Questions to Ask 


Preparation is essential in an interview, and it’s not just for the candidates. The interviewers also need to prepare for it by knowing the right questions to ask. Also, how can they determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the role and the company in general? It can be done by asking the right interview questions so the candidate will provide the required information.


Examples of Interview Questions to Ask

If you’re an interviewer, what will you ask a potential employee? Here are some of the best interview questions to ask job candidates to help you decide which best fits the position:


1. What made you decide to apply for this job?

The answer will tell you the things that motivate the candidate at work. You will learn what is important to him/her when it comes to career opportunities. It will also help you assess if the candidate’s needs are in line with what the position and the company can offer.


2. Why are you leaving your current job?

Many job applicants consider the question a tricky one. There can be a wide range of reasons why people would want to leave their current employer, but the answer to this question will enable you to know the candidate’s employment history as well as his/her goals and work attitude. Did he/she go through a bad experience with the company? If the candidate is bad-mouthing a previous employer or manager, it can be a red flag that the candidate is not the best fit for the role.


3. If you were hired for this role, what is the first thing you would do on the job?

The candidate’s answer will let you know if he/she fully understands the responsibilities involved in the role and learn his/her priorities. Since the question is about the actual position, you will get some insights into how the candidate will tackle a new set of tasks and his/her work environment.


4. What are the skills that you would like to improve? What will you do to improve them?

Instead of asking the candidate about his/her weaknesses, consider focusing on areas where he/she thinks need some improvement. You can also ask a follow-up question to give you an idea of the steps that the candidate will take to develop or further grow his/her skill set.


5. Can you tell me about a time when you encounter a work problem? How did you resolve it?

Many interviewers include this question in their list, and for a good reason. Issues about a task or project can happen, and the answer to the question will give you an idea of how he/she handles a difficult situation. Knowing his/her strategies or coping mechanisms to challenges will help you decide if he/she is a strong fit for the role.


Final Word

Knowing what to ask during interviews is essential. It gives you a better understanding of candidates and helps you narrow down the selection process and eventually find the best applicant for the role. Just like the candidates who take the time to prepare for an interview, do your part by making a list of your questions, so you get the most out of the conversation.


Additional Resources

CFI is the official provider of the global Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ certification program, designed to help anyone become a world-class financial analyst. To keep advancing your career, the additional resources below will be useful:

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