Interviewing Questions

Open-ended questions let the applicant do the talking

  • Tell me about your favorite job.
  • Tell my about your last job.
  • What new skills have you developed over the past few years?
  • Tell me about a problem you overcame in your last job?
Probes. This type of quesion clarifies facts and attitudes
  • do you enjoy talking to people on the telephone?
  • How well do you react to direction from a supervisor?
  • Would you object to wearing a uniform?
  • How would you feel if your supervisor asked you to do additional tasks?
  • How would you react to being asked to work overtime or on weekends?
Closed-ended questions pin down an applicant's response
  • Are you able to work overtime whenever necessary?
  • Would you be able to accommodate a change in your work shift? does driving in inclement weather bother you?
  • Have you ever punched a time clock before?
Assessment questions evaluate an applicant's ability to manage themselves or others
  • Have you ever been given two jobs at once by different supervisors? How did you accomplish the tasks?
  • Has a co-worker's lack of skills ever interfered with your accomplishing a job?
  • What situation in your career made you the angriest at the time it occurred? Describe the situation and how you handled it?

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability marital status, religion and age when interviewing and selecting job applicants. Questions must be relevant to the position that is the subject of the interview.

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