Sample interview questions

Effective interviewing is the cornerstone of successful recruitment, and developing effective interview questions is crucial to that process.

The goal of the interview is to gain verification of the applicant’s background and work history, and find evidence that the applicant will be able to do the job for which they are interviewing.

The first step is to define the knowledge, skills and abilities the successful candidate must possess.  A well crafted job description can help with this step.  Next, develop a series of questions that will help you determine if your applicant has those qualities.  VML Insurance Programs has compiled sample interview questions covering a range of criteria to help you develop your core questions.

InterviewingNot all questions will be applicable to every situation; so choosing questions that fit the position is important. When interviewing multiple candidates for a position, it is important to use the same criteria for evaluating each candidate to avoid legal problems. The key is to be consistent and fair with all candidates (i.e., show no favoritism or discrimination).

VMLIP members with public officials liability coverage can visit the My HR Resources samples page at for more information on the interview and hiring process.

VML Insurance Programs provides human resources consulting services free of charge to members with public official’s liability coverage. HR services are provided by Director of Human Resources Services Tina Stevens, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), International Public Management Association Certified Professional (IPMA-CP).

Eligible members can utilize a variety of services offered by Stevens, including sample policies and procedures, webinars, online university courses, and consultative services such as a review of, job postings and descriptions, corrective actions, FMLA scenarios and more.

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