Preparation is of the utmost importance when preparing for a job interview. This doesn’t just go for the potential employee though – this also stands for the person who is conducting the interview. In order to get a true sense of if the person you’re interviewing is the right fit for your organization, there are certain questions you’ll want to think about asking them. Here are a few great questions that any manager should consider asking potential employees during an interview.

Can you tell me about a time you overcame a challenge?

Most potential employees dread this question, but it’s a great way to get a better understanding of their experience and how they react in tough situations. Starting a new job is never easy and practically every new employee runs into issues so this is a good opportunity to gauge how they will react and hopefully overcome those issues.

Why are you leaving your current employer?

Another question that is undesirable by many interviewees, but still important to ask. If hired, interviewees will be leaving their current employer to come work for you. There can be a number of reasons as to why they’re choosing to do this – it could be money-based, unhappiness with their current employer, unhappiness with what they’re currently doing, or the desire to try something new, to name a few different reasons. Asking this question gives you a better idea of what their professional history is like, and can raise possible red flags that might tell you this person isn’t the best fit for the role.

What’s A Skill You’d Like To Improve And How Do You Plan On Doing So?

A great way to gauge a potential employee is to ask them if there is a skill they’d like to improve on, as well as their means of doing so. This is similar to the typical question of “what’s your biggest weakness” but turns the question on its head a little bit. The employees you hire should be aware of their weaknesses and be actively working on improving them and the second part of the question allows them to explain to you how they’re going to go about it.

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Published by Dr Adrian Cohen

Dr. Adrian Cohen MB, BS is an expert in trauma and emergency medicine, as well as in business and leadership. He is a proud author, innovator, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Clinical Ophthalmology within the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia. For over three decades, Dr. Adrian Cohen has been recognized for his work and innovation on numerous occasions and has been featured on television networks and programs like “Oprah”. He is the current founder and CEO of Nurochek by Headsafe. Dr. Adrian Cohen continues to leverage his knowledge and years of experience to help others in a variety of capacities. For more information visit Dr. Adrian Cohen’s website.

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