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Practical Application: Writing Job Interview Questions

Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Hiring? What should you ask at the interview? Write a list of structured interview questions you can use so you can get an overall feeling of your potential candidate.

Prepping for Writing Interview Questions

Before interviewing a potential candidate for your organization, you need to know the right questions to ask. So get ready to write your structured interview questions here! Make sure you have a pen and paper handy or you can type up your questions on your computer.

The questions you'll be writing are all structured interview questions, standard questions that you'll ask all your candidates so you can easily compare the answers between them and find the one that fits the best into your company. You'll write both kinds of structured interview questions: situational and behavior description questions.

Situational Interview Questions

Situational interview questions give you a glimpse into how your potential new employee will handle various 'critical incidents' that may come up. Here are some examples.

  • How would you react if an unexpected delay in a project came up?
  • You come to work one day to find that a fellow coworker has just told the boss that you left work early yesterday without giving the required 48 hour notice. How do you handle this?
  • You see another employee stealing. What is the best course of action and what would you do?

Now, it's your turn. Think of what situations have come up in your job and turn those into questions without naming names. For example, if your company is a bakery, then a possible situation might be an employee making a mistake and ruining a batch of cookies or cupcakes. Aim for 5 of these questions.

Behavior Description Interview Questions

Behavior description interview questions help you assess the past behavior of your potential candidate. By asking these questions, you are trying to see what kind of track record they have.

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