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Top 5 Interview Questions for Job Candidates

Hiring good people is one of the most challenging tasks in running a business.

Here are the top 5 questions, in 3 different categories, to ask candidates according to seek.com.

The top 5 motivational interview questions to ask candidates:

  1. Why are you interested in working at this organisation?
  2. What is your understanding of the role and why are you interested?
  3. Tell us about a team you have worked in that enabled you to do your best work. What was it about the team that made you do your best work?
  4. What work achievement are you most proud of?
  5. What parts of your current role do you really love?


The top 5 situational interview questions to ask candidates:

  1. If you had two important deadlines coming up, how would you prioritise your tasks?
  2. What steps would you take to make an important decision on the job?
  3. You realise that an early mistake in a project is going to put you behind deadline. What do you do?
  4. How would you handle working closely with a colleague who has a different working style to you?
  5. What would you do if you made a strong recommendation in a meeting, but your colleagues decided against it?


The top 5 behavioural interview questions to ask candidates:

  1. At times, you will be asked to do many things at once. How do you prioritise your tasks?
  2. Have you ever worked in a role where priorities and goals have changed frequently? What were they and how did you ensure you were successful in that environment?
  3. Can you share with me some constructive feedback you have received and how you have used that feedback to change the way you work?
  4. Tell me about a time when you have given a team member feedback. How did you approach it and what was the outcome?
  5. Tell me about a project or idea that was implemented or executed upon successfully because of your efforts.


I hope this helps when you next conduct a job interview (or even perhaps go for a job interview).