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How to ensure you're asking candidates the right questions in an interview.

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Asking the right questions during an interview is crucial in order to get a complete understanding of the candidate and their fit for the position. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure that you are asking the right questions:


  1. Review the job description: Before the interview, review the job description and requirements to get a clear idea of the skills and qualities you are looking for in a candidate. This will help you to formulate questions that will give you a better understanding of the candidate's fit for the role.

  2. Ask open-ended questions: Avoid asking yes or no questions, as they do not provide much insight into the candidate's thought process or experiences. Instead, ask open-ended questions that encourage the candidate to share their experiences and opinions.

  3. Focus on specific skills and experiences: Ask questions that are relevant to the candidate's past experiences and their ability to perform the tasks required for the job. This will help you determine whether they have the necessary skills and expertise to be successful in the role.

  4. Avoid discriminatory questions: It is important to avoid asking questions that are discriminatory in nature, such as questions about age, race, religion, or sexual orientation. These types of questions are illegal and can create an uncomfortable and unprofessional environment for the candidate.

  5. Evaluate the candidate's fit for the company culture: Ask questions about the candidate's working style, values, and motivations to get a sense of how well they will fit in with your company culture.

  6. Encourage the candidate to ask questions: Allowing the candidate to ask questions about the company, the role, and the team can give you valuable insights into their level of interest and preparedness for the job.


By following these steps, you can ensure that you are asking the right questions during an interview and getting the information you need to make a well-informed hiring decision.


If you need help finding the right fit for your company feel free to contact our team info@tdtalent.ie


Best wishes

Top Drawer Talent

Your Supply Chain & Procurement Specialist



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