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November 2, 2012 9:53 AM Subscribe
HR filter: What are some good questions to ask a job candidate during a final interview before extending an offer?
posted by the foreground to Work & Money (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We are a small firm with no formal HR department. I have been tasked with hiring a person who will serve as something akin to my deputy. It is a highly focused, skilled position, which will also involve a substantial level of training. We have gone through the first round of interviews with about 10 people, and have identified one candidate who is clearly head and shoulders above the rest in terms of overall fit, attitude, logical career progression, is seemingly very mature and in our salary range.
During the first interview we focused on the candidates' motivation, enthusiasm, commitment to holding a long-term position, personality compatibility, intellectual rigor and curiosity. In order to even get to the first interview, the candidate's resume had to pass through a fairly difficult screen in terms of work experience and qualifications, which less than 1% of total applicants did.
I'm hoping someone better versed in HR best practices or the bosses out there can help me come up with a structure and approach for the 2nd (and likely final) interview. How should it differ from the first?
You can assume we will be performing standard due diligence practices such as checking references and some type of background check before extending a formal offer. I'd just like to get some ideas on how to make this interview feel like I have crossed off the appropriate boxes and not overlooked any questions that may identify red flags. After all, it's my butt on the line if this person doesn't work out. Thanks!