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Interview Question Categories
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs)
Opening and Closing Questions
Example Questions and Possible Answers for Interviews
Additional SHRM Online Sources
Identifying and Leveraging Employee Competencies
Guidelines on Interview and Employment Application Questions
More Interviewing Resources
Not all questions will be applicable to every situation; choose questions that fit the position. When interviewing multiple candidates for a position, it is important to use the same criteria for evaluating each candidate so as to avoid legal problems. The key is to be consistent and fair with all candidates (i.e., show no favoritism or discrimination). Use an interviewing guideline of core criteria/qualifications that is applicable to all candidates for the position.
Most of these questions do not have a “right” or “wrong” answer under all circumstances! After you have selected the questions that are appropriate to use, give some thought to the answer(s) that make sense given your organization, culture and the priorities of the position. The applicant’s reasoning abilities and the thought process that leads to the answer often are as important as the answer itself.