Virtual Interview Questions You Might Want to Be Asking

  By Henry Glickel

Category: Articles

For many, working from home has become the new normal. Whether you're used to that process or are still working to refine your focus, time management, and organization skills from a remote setting, each of us is finding our way navigating a much different work/life than just a few short months ago. 

For many businesses, growth was a key goal for the 2020 year. While COVID-19 is rearranging our working environments and abilities, many businesses are still working toward their goals... and that brings on the need to hire team members. 

From the interview process to a successful onboarding, remote working with new team members can be challenging for even the strongest of WFH veterans. 

When it comes to holding virtual interviews to select the right team member, beyond the awkward silences or moments of technical difficulty, knowing what questions to ask to truly get to know the candidate is the hardest task for many HR specialists or talent managers. 

We've rounded up 19 questions we've caught ourselves asking during virtual interviews these past few weeks. 

  • Are you willing to relocate? Yes or No
  • As a manager, have you ever found an employee whose talents had previously gone unnoticed by the organization? If yes, can you tell me about that? What did you do after you noticed the individual had special abilities?
  • As a person, what are your greatest strengths? What are your greatest personal limitations?
  • As a manager, what methods would you use to keep informed of your employee’s activities? How would you use this information in charting your department’s direction?
  • Can you give me an example of a situation in which you were able to extract key pieces of information that other people missed?
  • Describe a typical high-stress situation for your team.
  • Does your work ever intrude upon your free time? If yes, could you give me a recent example? Why does that happen? How do you feel about that
  • Even a successful operation has room for improvement. In what areas would you want the employees under you to improve in the next six months? What can you do as a manager to facilitate that improvement?
  • Give me an example of a time when you had difficulty getting past a receptionist, secretary, etc. to see the decision-maker. How did you handle the situation? Did you make the sale?
  • Have you ever been in a position where you‘ve had to pull together and coordinate information from several sources? If yes, please describe the situation. What did you do to ensure that you received all the information within your timeframe?
  • Have you ever had occasion to make a special effort when the end result would benefit the customer? If yes, can you tell me about that? If no, what role does client satisfaction play in your work performance?
  • How did you learn about this opportunity, and why does it interest you?
  • How did you pay your way through school?
  • How did your boss get the best out of you?
  • How do stay organized?
  • How do you approach making critical decisions that will have an impact not only on your immediate area but on the company at large? Can you give me an example of a time when you made a decision like this?
  • How do you approach your cold calling?
  • How do you survey the competitive products, services, and companies in the marketplace to determine what advantages you may have? How do you exploit that advantage in your sales efforts?
  • How is your attitude or outcome typically affected by the attitudes of others?

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