Three job interview questions you must ask

Hiring an employee is usually a good sign that your business is flourishing and additional resources are required to maintain your success.

But making the right decision and hiring the right employee can always be a lot more difficult than originally conceived.

After all, some candidates may seem like great options during the interview process but it's impossible to truly evaluate their performance until you see them working in the role.

In order to hire the right employees you should aim to ask questions that will reveal their true character and attitude to work. Below are three essential interview questions to ask your employee about their work history.

  • How did you find out about the job?
  • What did you like about the job before you started?
  • Why did you leave?

According to, the trick is to run through your candidate's job history and ask each question before moving onto the next job. Here's what each question could reveal:

How did you find out about the job?

While it's perfectly natural to find your first jobs on websites like Seek or Career One, it's a concern if your candidate has found all their work from job board postings. It's important you consider the recruitment process from your candidate's point of view.

If they have consistently found work through online portals there's a strong possibility they still don't know what they want from their working life and they could be just as unsure working for you.

What did you like about the job before you started?

This will define the ambitions of your candidate. A good employee will be able to recognise what drew them to a particular job and what expectations they had of that job prior to starting work. Some employees will try to remain diplomatic with response like "it was a great opportunity" or "i wanted to learn about the industry".

Encourage your potential recruit to be honest and open up about their experience, that way you have a more clear understanding of what to expect when they are working for you.

Why did you leave that position?

In some cases your candidate will leave their role for a better position or more money. However, a lot of the employees leave their jobs due to the role being too demanding or because they have internal issues with management or other employees.

With that in mind, don't make judgement too early. Instead, stick to the rhythm of the three questions for each job and try to identify any trends in the employment history you can follow up.

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