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Here is What You Should Be Asking Candidates During Interviews


You’ve conducted plenty of job interviews, but if they’re not resulting in the kind of hires you’d hoped for, you might be asking the wrong questions. For a response to really be telling, you have to ask a question that scratches the surface, forcing candidates to offer up a reply with substance.

Add these questions to your list of interview essentials.

5 Best Questions to Ask Candidates During Interviews

What do you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?

This question offers double benefits by revealing the person’s top accomplishment and conveying what success means to them. Look for a response that displays pride and confidence in their work, while also showing humility by mentioning co-workers who helped make their accomplishment possible.

Is it better to be perfect and late or good and on time?

You’ll have to decide how you want the candidate to respond to this one, but typically, the best reply is good and on time. It’s important to hire someone who takes pride in their work, but productivity will constantly be halted if you hire a perfectionist who rarely meets deadlines because they never feel like their work is good enough.

How do you define hard work?

Hiring someone whose work ethic aligns with that of your company is a must. Hard work doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone, so use the person’s reply to decide if they can keep up with your team. They might already be used to working in a fast-paced environment or feel underutilized in their current slower-paced role, but you won’t know until you ask.

Tell me about a time when you didn’t get along with a co-worker.

Office environments are a unique mesh of people, so it’s inevitable that some personalities will clash. The candidate’s response to this question will clue you in on their overall temperament and conflict resolution strategies. The last thing you want is to hire a know-it-all, a stubborn person or someone with a short fuse that the rest of the team has to tiptoe around.

Describe a complex topic you’re very familiar with.

Technically minded people tend to absorb complex information at much faster rates than others. Getting the candidate to explain a topic of this nature — it doesn’t need to be work-related — highlights their passion and their ability to explain difficult topics to an audience with little-to-no expertise in the subject matter at hand.

Finding and securing the best and brightest engineering, maintenance and operations management professionals is challenging, so partner with MAC Incorporated to ease the stress. Our team won’t stop searching until we deliver the right fit, every time. Contact us today to get started!


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