Financial Wisdom

Employee Interview Checklist

Selecting the right employees for your company is critical. During the interview process, there are three fundamental questions you will try to be answering:

  • Can the person do the job?
  • Will the person do the job?
  • Will the person add to your business's overall success?

The Interview Checklist below can help answer those questions.

You may want to print this page (or click here to download the pdf file) to record your information.

Evaluating the applicant's education

Question Response Comments
Describe your educational background.
Where did you attend high school and/or college?
Did you work while attending college?
Are you interested in continuing your formal education?

Evaluating the applicant's capability and willingness to do the job

Question Response Comments
Describe your duties in your prior jobs.
What did you like or dislike about those jobs?
Describe accomplishments in those jobs that you are most proud of.
What parts of those jobs did you find least desirable?
Why are you considering this position?    
Are there co-workers from prior jobs that would provide recommendations for you? What would they say?    
What are your objectives for this job?    

Evaluating whether the applicant will fit into your company

Question Response Comments
Describe interactions with coworkers at your prior positions.
What did you like most about your prior positions?
How do you like to relate to fellow workers and supervisors?

You may also want to ask one final question -

Is there anything that we have not covered that I should be aware of in evaluating you for this position?