1. WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE – AT THIS JOB – AT THIS COMPANY?
If you receive a “cliché answer” it is not a good sign. It most likely your candidate is saying the same “cliché line” to every employer.
As with any “match-making,” the candidate has to be a “fit” for the position, the culture of the company or department.
2. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION?
Believe it or not, this is a difficult question for many people to answer in an organized manner.
A typical answer: “I meet all the requirements for the job.”
But, you want more.
You want to see if they can summarize, inform, and feel comfortable telling you about what they have accomplished – in a confident, yet modest manner.
Another way of asking the same question is, “What can you bring to this position that others cannot?
3. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? SHORT TERM? LONG TERM?
For some candidates, getting a job is what they are focused on at the present.
The history of “moving around,” may be an indicator of someone who is taking advantage of all opportunities available. While that’s not a bad thing, it may mean that he or she will not stick around for long.
Most candidates will give some “standard” answer – like –
“I want to work for a company where I can grow and develop and contribute.”
The appropriateness of this answer depends on what you are looking for – someone who is willing to learn new things.
Or, are you looking for someone to “hit the ground running,” with little or no additional training?
No matter what questions are asked of a candidate in an interview, it is important that you as the interviewer learns whether this person can do the job. And, whether this person will fit-in.