Interview Guide

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Interview Guide

 

Asking consistent questions to all your candidates is vital in the vetting and interviewing process. Sending candidates that meet or exceed the clients expectations is what builds client engagement and keeps them coming back. 

The below questions are a base-line for your interviewing. You should also include some deeper more specific questions based on the clients specific requirements.  

General Interview Questions: 

  1. Why are you open to making a move now or why did you leave your last role?

  2. Are you interviewing with any companies currently?

  3. What type of role are you looking for in your next move?

  4. What did you dislike about your last job?

  5. What did you like about your last job?

  6. Why did you accept your last role?

  7. What specifically are you looking for in your new role?

  8. What does your dream job look like?

  9. What makes you the best candidate for this role? (Why should they hire you?) 

  10. What are some notable accomplishments that make you a great candidate? 

  11. Red-flags – identify all the red flags on this call to save you time and frustration

    1. Some red-flags are:

      1. Large bonus coming in 6 months!

      2. Non-compete agreement

      3. Need 4-6 weeks’ vacation time

      4. Scheduled vacation, wedding, or time off needed

      5. Needs school reimbursement

      6. Require visa sponsorship

      7. Family approval, did they talk with family about making a career move?

      8. And so on…

Active Job Seeker Interview Questions: 

Employed: 

  1. Why are you looking to leave your current company?

  2. What does your ideal role next role look like?

  3. How do you get along with your current boss 

  4. If offered a promotion or counter offer what would you do? 

  5. What were your major accomplishments in your current role? 

  6. Why did you accept your current role?

Unemployed: 

  1. Why did you leave your last last role? 

  2. What does your ideal role next role look like?

  3. What are were your major accomplishments in your last role? 

  4. How was your relationship with your boss?

  5. Why did you accept you last role? 

Other Questions to consider:

  1. Best match questions:

    1. Why are you THE BEST CANDIDATE for this role? 

    2. What makes your background uniquely suited for this Company, find competitive advantage? 

  2. Sales Role: Do you have any non compete agreements with your current employer? 

  3. Visa/sponsorship: Does your employer hold your Visa? 

  4. Relocation: have you ever relocated for a role before? how difficult would it be for you to relocate? 

Passive Job Seeker (Employed) Interview Questions: 

  1. Why did you accept a call with a headhunter like me today? 

  2. What was it that I said that made you accept this call today? 

  3. How long have you considered leaving your current role? 

  4. Why are you open to making a move at this time (NOW)? 

  5. What is the main driving force to make a move currently? Get details

  6. When was the last time you interviewed with a company? 

  7. What makes you excited about getting up and going to work everyday?

  8. Do you have a bonus/commissions, promotion, vacation time coming up in the near future? 

  9. Have you discussed making a career change with your family yet? 

  10. If you were offered a promotion or a bonus with your current employer would you stay? 

Other Questions to consider:

  1. Best match questions:

    1. Why are you THE BEST CANDIDATE for this role? 

    2. What makes your background uniquely suited for this Company, find competitive advantage? 

  1. Sales Role: Do you have any non compete agreements with your current employer? 

  2. Visa/sponsorship: Does your employer hold your Visa? 

  3. Relocation: have you ever relocated for a role before? how difficult would it be for you to relocate? 

Sample Candidate Write-Up

 

Job Title: 

Candidate Name:
Phone:
Email: 

Location: 

Relocation: Yes/No/Local 
Degree: Master, Mechanical Engineer Engine Combustion

Work Status: US Citizen / H2B Visa
Salary Expectation:
Availability to start:
 

 

Why I believe this candidate is a great fit for the role: 

Please find Rob Antonetti for the role of Operations Program Manager at ASML. 

Critical Requirements & Relevant Skills

  • Holds a similar role (Senior Member Technical Staff- DSP) for Company Name in Middlefield. 

  • Impressive 5 years of Optics and Metrology experience working with Company Name. 

  • He is the Lead Design Engineer for the ZMI 5020 Measurement Card, the Project Leader for the design and production release of a custom Optical Receiver Hybrid Circuit Module. 

  • Strong new product development and budgetary responsibilities.

  • Warm, personable style that presents well for clients, motivates and inspires his team members. 

What we look for when interviewing candidates?

  1. Communication skills

  2. Location of candidate vs the role we are filling

  3. What is the tenure of the candidate? Why did they move from roles?

  4. Do they have industry experience?

  5. Is the resume well formatted?

  6. Are all the candidates skills relative to the clients requirements prominently listed?  

  7. What types of companies have they worked for compared to the client?

  8. Are they actively searching, passive, or just kicking tires?

  9. What types of accomplishments do they have that will make them a MPC, Most Placeable Candidate?

 
 
 
 

The GOLD STANDARD

Remember, the candidates you send out for review are your product. Don't shortcut, make sure the resume has all the the candidate experience and matches the clients required skills. Lets face it, the resume is the first interview.

 

The gold standard means sending quality, candidates that standout. 

Submit your superstar today... 

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