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As a small business, you probably don’t have the budget flexibility and time to invest in lengthy hiring processes. You must elect an efficient, streamlined, optimized plan for attracting and retaining top talent. While sourcing gets them in the door, the interview is that critical juncture where you can make a lasting impression on your candidates and get them thinking about how their ideas and experience will mesh with your business. At the same time, you’ll also want to ask probing, incisive questions to get to the meat of your candidate’s background. Here are our top most common interview questions, borrowed from some of the most successful firms in the world:

  1. How did you prepare for this interview?
  2. For what reasons are you leaving your job? Why now?
  3. Tell me about yourself.
  4. Who is your best boss and who is your worst?
  5. What motivates you?
  6. What are your two greatest weaknesses? Strengths?
  7. What are your short and long-term goals?
  8. How do you handle conflict?
  9. What do you think about social media at work?
  10. What are some of your favorite tools, both online and off, that keep you organized?
  11. How do you stay informed about your job and in