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Interviewing Skills by Tim Hindle

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Preparing Questions

Your main chance to find out information about a candidate comes from asking the right questions in the right way. Phrase questions carefully to obtain the details that you want. Use the interviewee’s answers to lead into your next question.

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Start an interview with easy questions to help relax the candidate.

Understanding how to phrase questions

You can manipulate a candidate’s answers by phrasing your questions in different ways. Open questions are likely to be the most useful in an interview. They encourage the candidate to open up, think, and talk at length, and enable you to observe a candidate’s communication skills and elicit detailed information. These questions usually start with words such as “What?”, “When?”, ...

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