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Ask the experts: What standard questions should employers ask prospective employees?

Interviewing can be an overwhelming experience; trying to assess a candidate’s entire history, skills and fit in an hour is quite the task. As a consequence, important questions not directly related to skills often fall through the cracks. But some of these questions can save you a lot of time – and money – by helping you assess whether a candidate will be successful in the long run.

1. OK, you can do the job, but do you really want it?

Many interviewers are focused on assessing technical skills and forget that if candidates are not really “into” the role, they won’t give 100%. Motivation is essential to get a job well done and will quickly make or break a new employee. Finding out what makes them tick and what environment makes them happy is crucial to success.

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