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INTERVIEWS / APR. 17, 2013
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Why Ask Tough Interview Questions

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There are a number of reasons why you should ask tough questions during an interview. It is important that beforehand, you have prepared for the interview by assessing the candidate’s cover letter, CV and any accompanying documents; allowing you to plan the structure of the interview accordingly.

How to start your interview

Be polite and welcoming towards the candidate. At the beginning of the interview, always ask how the candidate is and try to put them at ease. Placing undue pressure on the candidate is only necessary within particular industries; otherwise, people tend to withdraw and become defensive under pressure. Making sure that the interviewee is as relaxed as possible will assist you in learning as much about them as possible.

Inquisitive, not interrogative

When interviewing for a particular position, it is imperative that you have a number of questions prepared that will assist you in gaining a broader understanding of the employee’s characteristics and employable skills. Make a list of questions that you would like to ask and ensure that the questions are more inquisitive than interrogative. A job interview is not a cross-examination or a chance to intimidate somebody; it is an opportunity to discover whether or not a particular individual is the right candidate for the job.

Begin the interview by asking the most fundamental questions. During the main part of the interview, proceed to ask the more difficult or complicated questions, and from here, a selection of tougher questions.

It is fundamental to ensure that the interview is well structured and professional, to give a positive impression of your company. Poor job interview methods result in poor employee selection, which ultimately undermines organizational capabilities, wastes management time and increases staff turnover.

No right or wrong answer

When asking tough interview questions it is important to acknowledge that there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer that the candidate can provide. This is your opportunity to establish how the candidate responds to tougher questions.

Benefits of asking tough questions

There are countless reasons why it is important to ask tough questions. Tough interview questions encourage interviewees to speak candidly about themselves and to give you clear, honest answers. They also provide the interviewer with revealing information about the candidate’s needs and abilities. In asking such questions, the candidate’s personality is more likely to shine through, therefore you will be able to better gauge their suitability for the position.

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