(Closed) I'm the interviewER – advice please!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Ask what the last book they read was (this really doesn’t matter, see the enxt question.)  And when that was.  You want people who have a real life at home.  Plus, readers are thinkers.


Also, bear in mind there are a lot questions you cannot ask (i.e. pregnancy, disabilities, etc…)


Post # 4
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, I’ve been the interviewer a couple of times.

The thing is what are you looking for in the interview: (1) You want to see whether the person has the skills to do the job and (2) Will the person be a good team player with the rest of your team or will it be difficult to work with him or her.

I first start off by asking them to hit high points in their resume. Here I’m getting a sense of whether they have had prior work experience or skills that may be useful in the job I’m interviewing for.  So i want to understand their story and where they are coming from.

My job is very analytical and math based, so I then go into problem sets and math questions to test whether they can do the math and think about the problem. Since my job also involves looking at financial statements, I test them on their knowledge of financial skills (depending on what job you do, you can ask them direct questions about their skills).

Then the next quesitons can be about their personalities. Like ask them to describe working in a team, how they’ve handled challenging work environments etc. What do they like most about working and what is a challenge for them.

Then you can move on to ask them whether they have any questions to ask you.

Avoid any politically incorrect questions, you can’t ask a woman whether she’s planning to get married or pregnant. You can’t ask questions based on their race etc.

Post # 5
2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I recently had an interview and the only question that threw me was, “Describe the funniest thing to happen to you recently.”

I thought it was so clever!  It helps you, as the interviewer, understand whether or not they have a sense of humor and will be personable with the rest of the co-workers.

Good luck!

Post # 6
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Kate0558:  You say you’re helping to interview. Are you the lead interviewer? In any case, I would set up a meeting w. the person who will also be on the interview panel so you can discuss what questions to ask, who will do the asking, etc. You don’t want any awkwardness in that regard.

A few things off the top of my head… be friendly but neutral. Don’t overly praise someone because they might go home feeling like they’ve aced the interview and be even more disappointed when they don’t get the job. Just remember you should do unto others blah blah.

As far as questions go, try to really figure out what you need to ask to get the right fit for the job. This is where you’ll really need to spend some time thinking. Generic “where do you want to be in 5 years” type questions only do so much.

Other than that, try to be prepared (you can bet most candidates spent a lot time preparing for this), be respectful (try not to look bored, etc.), and try not to do anything to make them feel uncomfortable. Don’t ask things designed to catch them out… I don’t see how that is helpful.

You’ll do fine!

Post # 7
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have interviewed people a few times, and been interviewed many times, and I’ve gotta say interviewing others is way more fun!  I like to start with “tell me a little bit about yourself,” because I’m mean.  I HATED this question the first time I got it!  But it’s a good way to see if they’re prepared and confident, and what they honestly think is important to tell you.  I usually just try to probe really deeply on what they put on their resumes, it’s amazing home much of it is made up or greatly embellished.  One kid had a whole section on some engineering design project he did and it turned out that he had installed a margarita maker on his dad’s boat.  I used to ask what the biggest challenge they’d ever faced was, but one guy starting talking about the death of his brother and I started crying.  So…. don’t ask that one if you’re a wuss like me. 

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