Cut your recruitment time in half! Ask job candidates these five questions before they come for an interview

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 27 Jan. 2015

Tags: questions to ask job applicants before an interview, interviews, interview questions, recruitment, recruiting employees, job interview questions

Have you ever sat in an interview and realised the candidate is totally wrong for the position. And that you’ve been wasting your time going through the interview process?

You don’t have to go through this again!

Simply ask job applicants the following five questions before they come in for an interview. This way, you won’t waste time interviewing applicants who don’t fit your criteria.

To speed up your recruitment process, ask candidates these five pre-interview questions

Question 1: What are your salary expectations?
Ask this question upfront so you don’t interview candidates with salary expectations that exceed your budget for the position.
Asking this question will also make sure your company doesn’t waste candidates’ time.
Question 2: What’s your notice period?
In this article, we explain that asking this question is important because the last thing you want is to find the perfect candidate and then discover he can’t start on the date you need him to.
Some employees have to give as much as three months’ notice. You need to know this information so you can plan accordingly, especially if you’re keen on the candidate.
That’s not all.
There are three more pre-interview questions you need to ask…

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Question 3: Please give us a sample of your work?
Asking this question will depend on the position you want to fill.
You can ask candidates to give you a portfolio of their work. This includes their previous designs, articles, photographs and so on. This will help you see which candidates best fit your criteria.
Question 4: What are your motivators and frustrations?
Here, you can ask questions like:
  • What are the key motivators that encourage you to perform at your best?
  • What makes a job fun?
  • What types of management style frustrate you the most? What types of management style motivates you?
  • Where do you expect to be in two years or five years?
  • Are you interested in further professional development?
  • How does this position fit in with your long term goals?
According to, asking these questions will help you see whether or not the candidate will fit in with your company’s culture and managerial style.
In addition, they’ll help you assess if the candidate has any long term goals (this will help you gauge whether or not he’ll be productive) and is the right fit for the position.
Question 5: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This question will also help you assess if the candidate meets your job requirements.
Asking this before the interview also saves time. You can cover this area in detail before the interview so you have more time for other questions during it.
There you have it: Cutting your recruitment time in half is easy. Just ask these questions before candidates come in for the interview to assess whether or not they’re a perfect fit.
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