I have been looking through the forums and replaying the pod casts on interviewing for questions to help with interviewing as I’m always keen to update my skills.
I thought I’d share my standard questions (I have this in word format in the event anyone wants it). I take this into every meeting with an additional list of technical questions (developed specific to the position I’m recruiting for).
My personal favourite questions are in the creativity section, there is nothing like asking a seriously geeky person to [pretend I’m your grandfather and] "Explain the Internet to your grandparent"
Feel free to comment I’m always interested in what other people think.
Briefly, would you summarize your work history & education for me?
What do you know about our organization?
What made you apply for this position?
What was the last book you read?
->What did you get from it?
Why should we hire you? What set’s you apart from the next person
Tell me about a time when you did XXXXX, how did you do it and what was the results
What important trends do you see in our industry?
Can you describe for me a difficult obstacle you have had to overcome? How did you handle it? How do you feel this experience affected your personality or ability?
What things frustrate you the most? How do you usually cope with them?
What do you consider to be your greatest achievements to date? Why?
What kind of problems have people recently called on you to solve? Tell me what you have devised.
Of your creative accomplishments big or small, at work or home, what gave you the most satisfaction?
In your work experience, what have you done that you consider truly creative?
Explain the Internet to your grandparents
What is your favourite web site? Why? Now improve it.
What has been the highest pressure situation you have been under in recent years? How did you cope with it?
Why are you leaving your present job? (Or, why did you leave your last job?)
What special aspects of your work experience have prepared you for this job?
How much supervision have you typically received in your previous job?
Describe for me one or two of the biggest disappointments in your work history?
What is your long-term employment or career objective?
What might make you leave this job?
How does this job fit in with your overall career goals?
What would you most like to accomplish if you had this job?