Hiring Tips: 6 Strategic Interview Questions To Ask Job Candidates

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Jan. 3 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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When it comes to the hiring process, there are several crucial questions that you must ask applicants to make the right decision. According to Indeed, less than five candidates usually make it to the final interview stage. That said, these questions you ask in this last meeting will determine which applicant lands the job. Here are six strategic interview questions to ask candidates to aid your decision-making.

1. Can you share a moment where you had to use problem-solving skills to successfully get through a situation?

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There are always challenges to face throughout your career. However, how you handle those struggles makes all the difference. The Harvard Business School explained that utilizing problem-solving skills is essential for anyone who wants to be a leader in their field — from a leader in your specific department, the company, or the entire industry. This necessary trait is what you should be looking for in every candidate.

2. What are your workplace values?

Cultural fit can be a confusing term to understand. Per BBC, cultural fit refers to an applicant‘s working preferences and values matching a desired company. For instance, consider a woman who advocates for equality applying for a job with a feminist company. In this case, the woman may have the cultural fit required for the position. Other factors such as being antisocial, clothing choices, or lacking a passion for the outdoors can all play a role in being a cultural fit, depending on the role and the company. This question will help you understand whether their values and morals align with your business.

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3. How would you personally describe your communication skills?

Communication is an important factor in any industry, making this a great question to ask applicants before giving them a job offer. This question also allows the candidate to showcase their honesty. If a candidate says they lack communication skills but can show promise, this is a candidate you may want to work with. Anyone can exaggerate their skill set, but no one excels in everything.

4. Why should we hire you for this position?

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The applicant’s answer to this question can make a difference in who you select for the position. Candidates should be brief and concise when listing their skills and achievements. The candidate should also showcase their passion to rise to the occasion and manage the role with ease.

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5. Are you comfortable with the pay for this job?

In most job postings, the company will include the hourly rate or the projected salary for the role they are hiring for. That said, you would be surprised how many people apply for a job to negotiate for a higher wage. Identify whether your potential hires are comfortable with your offer before signing a contract.

6. Do you have any questions for me?

It’s normal for a candidate to have several questions about the position and how the company works. However, if they fail to ask you a single question when prompted, that may be a red flag. You want someone willing to ask the difficult questions to ensure they are 100% onboard with joining the team.

The hiring process is intensive, but these questions should help you figure out the ideal job candidate to choose. Remember, this process may take a long time. However, it will be well worth it in the long run. Good luck!

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By: Je'Kayla Crawford

An entertainment journalist, Je'Kayla loves to incorporate her love and extensive background knowledge of pop culture into her work. Currently, she is a weekend entertainment writer at Distractify. You can find her watching the red carpet live stream of an award show, or rambling about the latest Disney movie.

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