Second interview questions to ask and why they are important
1. Why are you the best candidate for the position?
Before you make a hiring decision, you need to ensure the candidate you choose is enthusiastic about the role and understands which skills are necessary for success. This question will help you distinguish which applicants have a genuine interest in the position. An ideal candidate will provide a detailed response that highlights their essential skills and how these strengths will benefit your business. Look for candidates who can answer this question thoughtfully and confidently.
2. What skills and strengths do you plan on bringing to this position?
Asking this question gives candidates an opportunity to put their skills and experience on display. It also allows them to demonstrate they understand what the role entails and how they plan to excel in their job duties. Listen for mention of experience with relevant software, processes and any other necessary strengths the role requires.
3. How does this position align with your career goals?
You can see this as a variation of the popular question, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” With the time and resources spent on recruiting, hiring and training a new employee, you are likely seeking someone who plans to stay with the company long term. Use this question to establish the candidate’s interest in growing with the company and utilizing their skills to support your business goals as you grow.
4. What do you know about our products or services?
This question can help assess a candidate’s interest in the company as well as how knowledgeable they are about your products and services. It encourages the interviewee to open up about personal experiences with your brand or to demonstrate their understanding of your products. Look for candidates who are well-informed about your company’s processes and products. Hiring employees with genuine excitement and interest in your business is crucial for your organization’s growth, and often indicates they’ll maintain a positive attitude when working with other employees, customers and potential clients.
5. Do you prefer to work independently or as a member of a team?
It may appear as a bit of a trick question, but the best answer is usually “both.” However, the level of management supervision does differ from role to role. So, if you are seeking a self-starter who works mostly independently, you’ll want to look for a candidate who is self-disciplined and enjoys working alone. Likewise, if the role requires work on diverse teams and high-level interpersonal skills, a candidate who is a strong communicator and enjoys teamwork may be the best choice.
From establishing their interest in the position to putting their skills on display, the second interview is the candidate’s time to show you why they’re the right person for the role. By using these second round interview questions you’ll be well prepared to make a personal connection with each of your interviewees and find the best candidate for your business.