Tips for interviewing and sample questions
When interviewing multiple candidates for a position, it is
important to use the same criteria for evaluating each candidate in order to
avoid legal problems. The key is to be consistent and fair with all
Use an interviewing guideline of core criteria and qualifications
that is applicable to all candidates. After you have selected the questions
that are appropriate to use, give some thought to the answer(s) that makes
sense given your department, culture, and the duties and the experience
required to be successful in the position. Choose questions that fit the
Most of these questions do not have a “right” or “wrong”
answer. The applicant’s reasoning
abilities and the thought process that leads to the answer is often as
important as the answer itself.
One method for evaluating interviews is the use of a scoring
system. The total number of points possible for each question should be
determined prior to the interviews and should be used consistently for each
The candidate may share personal information with you during
an interview. The key to keeping the interview legal is to not address items
that are not job related.
For example, an applicant may share that her spouse is a
brain surgeon. A response as simple as, "Oh, does he plan to open a
practice here?" can be viewed as an attempt to gain personal information.
The answer to this question is not job related and has nothing to do with
whether or not the individual will make a good, effective employee.