First impressions are very important, and one can only make a first impression once. A person’s greeting towards another when they are entering into a room or a conversation can often determine the mood for the rest of the interview or conversation. For example; if the person applying for the open position walks in, shakes your hand and has a confident introduction of themselves, that often means they will have a confident sense throughout the rest of your time together, and they are serious about making a good first impression. Also take note of the candidates attire and dressing as this will tell you his/her attitude towards the company and reflect their sincerity. Also, make a quick mental note or jot down if they were on time, early, or late for the interview. This may reflect on potential attendance, absences/tardiness if hired.

  • Now that a first impression has been made an employer will want to start out by getting to know the person applying for the job. A few standard questions are often used by many companies. They are as follows:

1.Do you have a resume?

-Only ask this question if you have not previously received the candidates’s resume.

– If the candidate is unable to produce one, he/she is probably not prepared for the interview.

– Briefly go over the resume with the applicant.

– If they have a college listed on their resume ask them the following questions:

2.Why did they decide to go to college?

3.How well did they do?

4.What did your major courses prepare you to do?

5.Did you work while you were in college?

6.Did you demonstrate a leadership role in any school activities?

– The purpose of these questions are to get a feel for the person’s strive, determination, or want in life. Most often a person’s life during their educational years will reflect how they cope in the working world.

  • Next on their resume they should have a list of previous places of employment. A few questions to ask would be as follows:

7.Why did you leave your previous place of employment?

8.What were your duties at this job?

9.Describe the best supervisor and the worst supervisor you’ve ever had.

– This will give you an idea how well this person can work under your management/team.

– Education and work places are all that is needed to be reviewed off the resume during the interview.

  • It is in the best interest of the company to ask a few more personal questions during the interview so an idea of this applicant on an individual level can be known. Start by asking the following:

10.Tell me about yourself.

11.What are your strengths, and weaknesses?

12.What causes you to lose your temper?

-This question is asked for example; if the person is short tempered the company wouldn’t want them to deal directly with customers or clients.

13.How do you deal with stress?

  • Next in the interview process would be to ask a few questions about the applicants problem solving and decision making skills as well as team work abilities. Asking these questions will allow you to assess if this person will work well on their own as well as with co-workers. Ask the following:

14.Describe a problem that you have solved that has made you proud.

15.What problems do you think you can help us solve?

16.What is the worst problem you’ve ever had to solve?

17.Within a group our you a leader or a follower?

18.Describe a team project you’ve been involved in.

These are the basic steps to a successful interview. After going through the above questions, conclude the interview with a handshake, assuring the candidate that you will keep in touch, and thank him/her for taking the time to answer your questions.



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