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Questions to ask in a job interview as an employer

Julianne Leybag
10 April 2017 3 minute readShare
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As employers, it is important to hire employees who share the same ideals and goals with the company and is willing to grow as the company does. My Business explores some good questions to ask in a job interviewer for employers.

While potential applicants should do all the necessary preparations before a job interviewer, employers should also do the same.

Conducting a job interview is a great opportunity for employers to know more about their potential applicants and gauge them depending on their strengths and skill set. This can only be done by asking the right questions.

Learn more about conducting better job interviews here.

Here are some of the best questions an employer should ask during a job interview:

  • What makes a working environment ideal for you?
  • Are you comfortable working with a team or do you prefer working alone?
  • What can you contribute to the organisation?
  • Where do you see yourself in a few years’ time?

What makes an ideal working environment?

Employers should always look out for the welfare and well-being of their employees. By asking potential applicants what consists of their ideal working environment, employers are able to have a notion of what works for the applicants and eventually make internal adjustments within the organisation.

Asking this question during the hiring process is also important to gauge if an applicant has an excellent work ethic and if they will be able to thrive in the company’s culture over time. If the organisation has a very fast-paced environment and the applicant prefers laid-back work, this might cause future problems.

Conversely, if the applicant likes a dynamic working space and they are placed in a relaxed environment, the company might not be able to maximise the employee’s potential.

Learn more about the hiring process here.

Are you comfortable working with a team or do you prefer working alone?

Employers should also know the working style of their potential applicants. Ask the applicant if they prefer to work alone or if they are comfortable working with other team members, and whether they prefer handling problems on their own or otherwise.

This determines if the applicant can be a good fit for their applied position and if they fit for the team.

While it is important for a team to have a variety of personalities in order to promote a healthy working relationship, employers should also make sure that the personalities are complementary instead of being contradictory with each other in order to avoid possible conflict in the future.

Learn more about what can and can’t be asked in a job interview here.

What can you contribute to the organisation?

Asking this question to potential employees is a good way for employers to determine how confident an applicant is and how they see themselves as part of the company.

Getting to know a candidate’s primary competencies will also allow employers to determine whether the applicant is the best fit for the position while gauging whether the applicant has a good understanding of their potential role.

However, aside from the employee’s qualifications, it is also important to note of the candidate’s willingness to learn regardless of their level of expertise. If an applicant is willing to be mentored by the organisation’s superiors, this is a good sign that the potential employee is looking towards a long-term stay in the company.

Learn more about what turns jobseekers off here.

Where do you see yourself in a few years’ time?

This question allows employers to understand the candidate’s personal goals and ambitions, and whether they plan to stay in the company for long or otherwise. This will also show whether the applicant is ambitious and driven enough to satisfy the requirements of the position.

If a candidate outlines their desire to advance positions within the company, employers should take this as a good sign that with the right working environment and the right workload, the applicant could actually thrive in the position they are interested in.

What questions are illegal to ask in a job interview?

Aside from asking the right questions, employers should also take note of what should not be asked during an interview. This usually includes any questions pertaining to race, nationality and gender preferences. The key here is to be able to get to know applicants better and focus on what they can bring to the table.

Questions to ask in a job interview as an employer
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