13 opening questions to ask during a job interview – and make things less awkward

The last thing you want is an awkward conversation. Especially in a 30 minute job interview.

As a manager or recruiter you want to put the applicant at ease, but who says you are not nervous for the interview? A tense atmosphere is not ideal when you want to learn more about someone’s personality or qualities.

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Good preparation is therefore key. For the applicant, but also for you. Therefore, make a good questionnaire that you can fall back on and especially think about an opening question.

“During the first phase, use a number of light-hearted questions that make the candidate feel at ease,” advises recruitment guru Gusta Timmermans, who wrote the book 199 questions for a successful selection interview .

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Below is a selection of the best questions from Timmermans’ book to kickstart the selection interview.

1. Is it okay for us to tutor each other?

2. Do you have questions about the selection process?

3. How did you get in touch with us?

4. How did you prepare for this interview?

5. How did you find the reception?

6. What do you like best about your current job?

7.  What does your private situation look like?

8. What made you decide to talk to our organization?

9. Do you know people within our organization?

10. What do you like most about your current job?

11. Who was your favorite manager and why?

12. How can a manager best approach you?

13. What recent news has surprised you?

Author: Jobly