Questions to ask when interviewing

job interviewInterviewing potential employees is a tricky business. Unless you are very skilled at doing it, the tendency is for the person doing the interviewing to talk too much. But the interview should be all about the person being interviewed and I’ve found that by asking very direct questions I get much better results. Here are some of my standards:

  • Tell me three things you like about this company.
  • Tell me one or two things you think this company could do better.
  • What did you notice when you first walked in the door?
  • How much money do you want to make in the first year, in three years, in five years?
  • What is your favorite task to do at work?
  • What is your least favorite task to do at work?
  • What do you want to know about this company?

A candidate who wants to work for my company will engage in these types of questions and give it his/her best shot. There is no right answer here. It is more an exercise in getting the conversation to a meaningful level and learning as much as you can about the candidate.

–Barney Cohen

President, Business 360 Northwest


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