Interviews are an essential part of getting to know a potential employee. They serve as a chance for you to meet the person behind the application and identify the right-fit candidate for your open position. Naturally, the most important part of this process are the questions you ask at the interview. But, sometimes it can be difficult to know what to ask. Here are six questions to ask at the interview that will help you kick off the conversation and get to know them a little better.

  1. “Tell me about yourself.”
    This is a great way to start an interview. It gets candidates warmed up, talking and comfortable. It also gives you a chance to get to know them better and see how they communicate.
  2. “What excites you the most about the possibility of working here?”
    Give candidates a chance to show off what they know – or don’t know – about your company. You can see if they’ve done their research and how excited they are about being your newest employee. It also gives you insight into what is important to them.
  3. “What’s the most useful criticism you have ever received?”
    How candidates answer this question can reveal a lot about them. It not only tells you what others see as weaknesses, but also what they’ve learned from past experiences, how they’ve handle criticisms, and what they’ve done to improve.
  4. “Let’s say a customer complains to you. What do you do?”
    Presenting a hypothetical situation provides you with an idea of how they would approach a challenge. It also helps you make sure they will be a good fit within your company’s culture.
  5. “Where do you see yourself in a year?”
    At first, this question may seem a little extreme for hourly positions, but it opens the door to discuss career possibilities. You could discover someone who is motivated and determined to advance. By asking the question, you also show them that their professional development is important to you as an employer.
  6. “Do you have any questions for me?”
    This interview question gives candidates a chance to find out more about you, your company and the position. Giving them a better understanding of what you are looking for and your expectations. It will also create transparency and open dialogue.