4 Answers to Know Before You Interview

“Can you tell me more about the job position?”

First and foremost, you need to be able to accurately describe the job duties and expectations of the position you are hiring for. A sharp candidate will ask questions about what their daily tasks will entail. So be prepared to walk them through what a “day in the life” might look like if they were to get the job.

“What is it like to work here?”

Tell them what it’s really like to work for your organization, even if you can only share anecdotal information at this point. Be straightforward and speak openly about the challenges as well as the benefits. Certain questions should be answered before someone decides whether they’d be interested in working for an employer: Is there room for advancement? What type of culture does the workplace have? Are employees happy there? How long has the company been around, and how fast-growing is it? If you don’t have all the answers, be sure to say so, and promise to follow up.

“What is your role in the company?”

This question may seem like a no-brainer, but hiring managers need to be prepared to answer it too! Candidates will want to know what kind of company they’re potentially joining and how their position would fit into the big picture. If you can explain how the department works and where this position would fall within that structure, it will help paint a clearer picture for the candidate. And again, if you’re unsure or unable to provide an answer, let them know — hiring is a two-way street, and they should also feel comfortable with you as an employer.

“What are the next steps?”

Finally- and this is key — you need to know your company’s hiring process inside out. You should know how long the hiring process will take, what specific steps are involved (including any tests or screenings required), and when decisions are typically made. This information will help set realistic expectations for candidates, and it also demonstrates that you’re familiar with your hiring process and are confident in the decisions you make.



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Shawna Lake

Shawna Lake


Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies-keeping job seekers and employers connected to what the other side needs and wants in today’s job market.