The Best Interview Questions—And the Ones to Avoid Asking

Job interviews are among the most intense and stress-filled moments in a candidate’s life. They’ve made it far enough to land an in-person interview and they’re thinking about how not to blow it. But it should be a two-way street as those conducting the interview have something to gain too: a possible legal issue.

Stay in Your Lane

When a job interviewer brings someone in for a face-to-face, or even conducts an interview over the phone or through a video call, there is a certain criteria associated with smart question asking. In the event that someone feels they did not receive a job because of their answers related to sensitive questions, there can be legal trouble. In this case help from regional insurance agencies, like professional liability insurance, can help to guard against lawsuits.

But even with legal accountability on your side it’s still a good rule of thumb to go about asking interview questions with regard. Here are a number of questions that should be asked, and some to avoid.

Questions to Ask

What are some failures you’re actually proud of?

This question allows interviewers to get a good idea as to who they’re speaking with. This question opens up the opportunity to be honest, transparent, and more human by highlighting mistakes; not to break down, but to encourage humanism. Mistakes should be seen as successes in their own way.

If you could tell yourself something five years ago, what advice would you give?

This questions, and retrospective questions like it, encourage insight and vulnerability. Fake or puffed-up answers become apparent and it’ll be easy to see if someone is trying to make something up on the fly.

How do you develop yourself outside of work?

Development doesn’t have just come from a job. As a supervisor it’s important to bring on people who find ways to get creative about staying productive outside of work. Some people come into a job wanting to punch a timesheet, and that’s expected. But it helps to find people who are hungry to educate themselves, and stay sharp and engaged when they’re not on the clock.

Questions to Avoid

As mentioned above, if someone feels like they did not receive a job due to their answer of a certain sensitive question, then they can turn around with legal implications. To avoid this kind of controversy it’s important to know what kinds of questions need to be kept at a distance.

Asking questions related to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family values and plans, and status can open a company up to a discrimination lawsuit and an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Don’t ask these questions:

  • How much do you weigh?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you plan on having children?
  • What country are you from?
  • Do you go to church?
  • How old are you?

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