Types of Questions

  • Open-ended questions are basic to any effective interview because they call for candidates to relate information and ideas that they feel are important. Example: "Tell me about your supervisory experience."
  • Accomplishment questions ask the candidate to identify important accomplishments and what competencies were used to execute them. Example: "Tell me about your most recent important accomplishment in your job. What did you do and what was the outcome?"
  • Situational questions ask candidates how they handled or would handle job-related situations, to evaluate their ability to recognize important aspects of situations, analyze them, and provide reasonable options. Example: "Describe a situation where you had two assignments with conflicting priorities and how you handled it."