Possible Interview Questions and Conversation Starters:
- From what you know of Lotus Boutique, how do you feel you would make a contribution to the store?
- How would you describe your style? Is fashion a passion for you?
- What are your beliefs on being a team player?
- Describe the best boss you’ve ever worked under.
- Why should I hire you?
- If I was to contact your last supervisor, what would he/she say your biggest weakness is?
- What motivates you to work hard?
- What frustrates you?
- Tell me about a time when you had to step up and be the leader.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What qualities do you have that prove you can handle working in a fast-paced environment?
- If I were to call your references what would they say about you?
- What kind of availability do you have?
- How would you describe your ideal retirement?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Let’s assume we both decide to move forward and you have been on the job for three months. After 90 days one or both of us decide it isn’t going to work. What is the most likely reason this happened?
- You don’t need to tell me the name, but think of one person you worked with in the last year that always gave you energy. Tell me about them and what is it about them that worked so well for you?
- Who was someone you respected and was good at their job, but that you found draining and tried to avoid at work. What was it about them that didn’t work for you?
1. Did your most recent employer do performance reviews?
If Yes: That’s great. Not enough employers do them anymore and they are so important to helping staff realize their potential. What did your most recent performance review say were your greatest areas for growth?
If No: That’s too bad. It is hard to grow when you don’t have good coaching on how to develop. If you had done a review, what do you guess would be the 2-3 areas of investment your manager would have called out as important for your growth?
Questions like these help to learn the candidate’s orientation towards work. You are looking for candidates that find the act of work inherently meaningful and rich in response. This type of candidate has higher job and life satisfactions and they also tend to be more successful, loyal, and better collaborators.
You’ll want to know as much as possible about this New Hire before you bring them on to your team! Keep in mind their are certain questions that are illegal to ask. We are an equal opportunity employer which means we cannot ask interview questions that may cause us to discriminate and be subject to a law suit.
Nationality, Religion, Age, Family, Health, Misc.
- What you can’t ask: Are you a U.S. citizen?
What to ask instead: Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?
- What you can’t ask: What religion do you practice?
What to ask instead: What days are you available to work? Are you able to work within our required schedule?
- What you can’t ask: How old are you?
What to ask instead: Are you over the age of 16?
- What you can’t ask: Do you have or plan to have children?
What to ask instead: You’ll be required to be on-call for some of your shifts, and this is generally on short notice. Is this a problem for you?
- What you can’t ask: If you get pregnant, will you continue to work, and will you come back after maternity leave?
What to ask instead: What are your long-term career goals?
- What you can’t ask: Do you smoke or drink?
What to ask instead: In the past, have you been disciplined for violating company policies forbidding the use of alcohol or tobacco products?
- What you can’t ask: Do you own your own transportation?
What to ask instead: Can you be at work as early as 9AM to open the store OR stay as late as 10PM to close the store? Are you available to merchandise the store late at night?