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Don't waste your time asking these three questions in an interview

by , 09 May 2014
One of the reasons recruitment drives fail is that managers don't get enough information about the candidate. As a result, they end up hiring the wrong applicant. Avoid asking these three questions when you conduct an interview to ensure you don't hire unsuitable candidates.


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Three ineffective interview questions you should avoid

#1: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

#2: Where do you see yourself in the company in five years time?

#3: Why should we employ you over the other candidates that have applied?

If you're asking yourself 'what's wrong with these questions', the answer is simple.

These questions don't provide you with any real information about the candidate.

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says the danger with these questions is 'candidates who've been coached or who've practiced interviews will give you a perfectly rehearsed and impressive response, but there's no real proof the information is true.'

Nest.com, adds that 'answers you'll get from ineffective questions is [are] limited and may cause you to choose the wrong person for a position. Instead, ask questions that prompt candidates to elaborate on responses about skills, experience and accomplishments.'

Our experts recommend you opt for competency based questions. Click here to find out more about these questions.

Here's the bottom line when it comes to interviews…


70 Questions to ask to get the most relevant information from your interviews

Discover everything you need to know to make the right decision every time. Find out about the applicant's strengths, areas for improvement, ideals and commitment with these specific questions – all set out in an easy-to-follow checklist. You'll have no doubts about the person's ability!


The bottom line: 'The interview is often the only gateway between you and potential employees. You must make the most of your interviews to make sure you hire the best candidates,' says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

So avoid ineffective questions if you want to get the right candidate and ensure your recruitment drive is a success. In addition, check out Recruitment: The Complete Guide to get a list of good interview questions to ask.

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