Great job interview questions to ask as a recruiter

Erik Fiala
Erik Fiala
Founder, CEO at Source
Jan 13, 2023
3 min read
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As a recruiter, it's my job to find the best candidates for open positions at my company. And one of the key ways I do that is by asking the right questions during job interviews.

But what are the best questions to ask? It really depends on the role and the candidate, but there are a few that I always make sure to include.

First up, I like to ask about the candidate's experience and skills. This helps me understand how they might fit into the role and whether they have the necessary knowledge and abilities to do the job well. Some specific questions I might ask include:

  • Can you tell me about a specific project or task you've completed that demonstrates your skills and experience in this field?
  • How have you improved or grown in your previous roles?
  • How do your skills and experience align with the requirements of this position?

I also like to ask about the candidate's career goals and motivation. This helps me understand their long-term plans and whether they're a good fit for the company culture. Some questions I might ask include:

  • What are your long-term career goals and how does this position fit into that plan?
  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • What motivates you in your work?

Another important area to explore is the candidate's problem-solving abilities. I want to know how they approach and solve challenges, and whether they have a proactive approach to problem-solving. Some questions I might ask include:

  • Can you give me an example of a problem you faced and how you solved it?
  • How do you approach problem-solving in your work?
  • How do you handle unexpected challenges or setbacks in your work?

Finally, I like to ask a few more general questions to get a sense of the candidate's personality and fit with the team. Some questions I might ask include:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to work as part of a team to achieve a goal. What was your role and how did you contribute?
  • How do you stay organized and manage your time in your work?
  • What do you like to do outside of work?

Overall, these are just a few of the many questions I like to ask as a recruiter during job interviews. By digging deeper into a candidate's experience, motivation, problem-solving skills, and personality, I can get a better sense of whether they're the right fit for the role and our company.

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