Running an interview can be a difficult process. Knowing what interview questions to ask is important to make sure that things run smoothly. On top of this, understanding what questions to avoid can be just as important.
Obviously, it’s important to get a general idea of a potential candidates background. However, any questions that seem too inquisitive can come off as rude and offensive. Keep in mind that a candidate is assessing your company as much as you are assessing them. A company also needs to leave an applicant with a good impression. An interview will be an applicant’s first insight into the work culture and environment of the business.
Most likely, a sought after candidate will be interviewing with multiple companies at a time. Stand out from the rest by being sensitive and professional when conducting interviews
Leaving previous positions
You will want to get a general idea for their reasons for leaving their previous post, However, avoid getting too immersed into details. Just ask their reasons for leaving and why they think the position they are interviewing for will be more suitable. Most likely if they worked at a local company within the same field you will know their previous workplace. Keep work competition and gossip out of the interview room, and instead focus on the applicants’ skills and experience.
Discussing anything to do with family background is considered a faux pas in an interview room. Even if you know the applicant on a social level it’s prudent to keep family talk out of it. It’s always recommended to avoid discussions about family and friends. The only exception is if the applicant brings up any family related information. Then it’s ok to ask further questions, as long as it’s related to the available position that they are applying for.
Don’t get bogged down in negative behavioral questions. Of course, it’s important to get an idea of how the applicant responded in past situations. However, a job interview should be a safe and positive experience for the applicant. Asking questions about weaknesses or their conduct in emergency situations are needed. However, restrain for asking for more details or lingering too long on negative scenarios.
All of these tips are a great indication about where to start your interviews. Yet, the most seasoned and experienced interviewers are usually the most professional. This is because it takes work to get a good idea of what questions to ask and which to avoid.
The best way to learn is through experience and reflecting constructively on your conduct after each interview. If possible, ask for a more experienced interviewer to sit in on your sessions. They can be an invaluable source of information and guidance when starting out!