Good interview questions

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Posted by Mark | Posted in Digital | Posted on 17-04-2013

I’ve interviewed a lot of people in my time, the standard interview questions that i use usually follow this structure. This is for a developer, the process for a project manager, a UX professional, an Information Architect or a designer have slight variation, but you get the gist. I usually know after the first 2 questions whether it’s a yes or a no:

  • What do you know about our organisation?
  • What research have you done in preparation for the interview?
  • Tell me a little bit about yourself?
  • What are your biggest strengths?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What skills will you bring to the business that make us want to hire you?
  • What would your co-workers say about you?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What projects/ learning/ research are you working on outside of work?
  • What beta projects/ products are you investigating at the moment?
  • Which industry sites and blogs do you read regularly?
  • What inspires you?
  • How do you approach documentation?
  • What is your approach to testing?
  • What are your favourite development tools?
  • Give me an example of a project that you’ve worked on that completely failed and why?
  • What did you learn from this project?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
  • How do you deal with pressure?
  • If you were to rate your output, would you rate it as low, medium or high?
  • If you were to rate the quality of your output, would you rate it as low, medium or high?
  • What kind of salary are you looking for?
  • What is your notice period at your current place of work?
  • Do you have any questions?

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