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If you plan to ask these 10 questions during interviews, make sure you get the mix right

by , 07 October 2014
When it comes to interviews, there are ten crucial questions you must ask. While these questions are important, you need to get your mix right.

What do we mean by 'get your mix right'?

Well, because none of these ten questions are competency-based, the candidate can easily misrepresent himself.

To counteract this, mix the following ten questions with competency based questions which force the applicant to call on his experience...


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Interview basics: Make sure you mix these ten questions with competency-based questions

 
It's perfectly legal to ask these ten questions during interviews. But, to get the most from the candidate, mix these ten questions with competency based ones:
 
  1. What can you tell me about yourself?
  2. What can you tell me about your qualifications?
  3. Why do you want to work for this company?
  4. Do you have any special areas of expertise?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current position?
  6. What are your strengths?
  7. What are your weaknesses?
  8. Are you willing to travel?
  9. Do you have the right to work legally in South Africa?
  10. Do you have the required licence to do this job? (This would be the case for pilots or drivers etc.)

As you can see, it's easy for a candidate to give you rehearsed answers when you ask these ten questions.
 
But, if you add competency-based ones to the mix, you'll get to assess if the applicant can perform the job successfully. And, at the same time, determine if the applicant is the 'right fit' for your company or division, based on previous experiences.
 
Remember, what an applicant has done in the past is a predictor of what he'll do in the future and how you can expect him to perform in a work situation.
 
So if you plan to ask the above ten 10 questions during interviews, include competency-based ones as well.
 
PS: For a list of competency based questions and information about interviews, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
 


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