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Hiring a new employee can be a gamble. There’s no way to know if they will actually be successful at the job you’re bringing them on for until they’ve done it, and if they wind up not being a right fit, you’ve wasted your company’s time and money. That’s why it’s important you get to really know a potential employee during the interview process. You want to make sure they can do the job, that they’re hard-working, and that they fit in with your culture. To figure all of that out, you want to be sure you ask them the right questions during their interview. Here are a few great questions to ask potential employees when interviewing them.

What Do You Know About The Company?

Today, most people can get information about a company online, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll do their homework. Sometimes a candidate won’t even know what type of business your company is, they just saw a job they thought they were qualified for so they put in an application. By asking this question, you’ll get a better understanding of if you’re hiring somebody who is actually interested in your company or somebody who just wants a job.

Do You Prefer Working In A Team Environment Or Alone?

The answer you’re looking for will often vary depending on the specific role they’re interviewing for, but this is a great question to ask nonetheless. Asking this can help you determine if the interviewee is can fit into your company culture. If they say they prefer working alone but you’ve built a culture that relies on teamwork and communication, they might not be the right fit for the role.

How Do You Handle Conflict In The Workplace?

This question is a great way to get a read on the interviewee’s interpersonal skills. Conflict is inevitable in the workplace, whether it’s because someone did something wrong, or two employees have differing views. The last thing your company needs is an employee who won’t listen to reason or who reacts poorly when things don’t go their way. It’s important you ask questions like this to avoid having potential conflicts turn into bigger deals than they need to be.

Do You Have Any Questions For Us?

This is always a must-ask question. Most interviewees are going to have a few questions they want to ask, so it’s good to give them a chance to do that. This is usually done at the end of the interview, and not only does it help them learn more about the things you didn’t cover, but it’s another good way to gauge their interest in the position. If they have no questions, it might mean they haven’t really thought much about the job and they’re just coasting through the interview. Of course, it’s also possible that their questions got asked throughout the interview. The best interviews flow like any good conversation would, so it’s natural that questions may get slipped in here or there.