On the surface, interviewing a candidate for an available job sounds easy. With the job description in hand describing specific skill sets and experience, the recruiter or hiring manager fires off a dozen questions or so and voila, they are equipped to make a hiring decision.

If only interviewing were that simple.

The nuance of interviewing candidates extends well beyond skills and abilities into areas of candidate maturity level, culture fit and self-awareness to assess overall candidate quality. By asking open ended questions, you can better assess both skill level and personality traits, which are two of the most important factors to consider when choosing a new hire.

I learned much about effective questioning in this article on the Indeed web page. What I like about it is not only do you have examples of good questions but insight is given what to look out for in the candidates’ answers.