Sample Interview Questions - Prior to the interview - During the interview - After the interview has concluded

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An interview provides the hiring manager a perfect opportunity to identify the applicant best qualified and best suited for the organization. Conducted properly, it is a valuable tool in the hiring process.

Prior to the interview:

As you prepare for the interview consider the following:
  • Be prepared (develop a list of questions to be utilized for all applicants in the same job)
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Refrain from asking any questions about age, sex, ethnic origin, race, religion or political beliefs, and medical conditions/disabilities.

During the interview:

  • Record the applicant’s responses
  • Introduce yourself and your position
  • Briefly describe the organizational structure
  • Describe the position the applicant is applying for
  • Explain that you will be taking notes during the interview to assist you in remembering their responses
  • Explain that all applicants will be asked the same questions
  • Ask the applicant if he/she has any questions

After the interview has concluded:

  • Thank them for coming to the interview
  • Explain that you are in the interviewing phase
  • Explain that you will be making a decision within the next ____ days/weeks/months
  • Inform them if they will be asked to come back for a second interview
  • Inform them whether or not they will/will not be contacted if they are not chosen for the position. (You can refer them to the HR website/STARS system to monitor their job status).