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Step 3: Prepare for Each Interview

Review the position description and the candidate's resume, planning general, open-ended questions, as well as questions about particular past experience, technical competencies, or other qualifications. (See The MIT Selection Process, Step 9, for tips on interviewing for technical competencies.)

Review the CompQuick Interview Packet (see Downloads), especially the description of each competency, the Competency Interviewing Tips, and General Tips on Interview Etiquette. Remind yourself of which competencies you will specifically probe for.

It is fine–in fact, it's good practice–to let each candidate know ahead of time that part of their interview will be something called "interviewing for competencies". (You can use the wording suggested in Step 4). It's even okay to tell the candidates the names of the competencies you are looking for (e.g. Ability to Influence, Organizational Awareness) so they can be prepared. But don't give too much detail about what you are looking for, and be consistent about how much information you give to candidates.


Some Useful Open-Ended Interview Questions:

  • What interests you about this position?
  • Tell me about your last job.
  • What did you like most/least about your last job?
  • What's most important to you in a work environment?
  • What particular skills, abilities or background do you think would make you a good fit for this position?
  • What are your longer-term career goals? How would this position fit into those?


Step 2: Plan Your Competency Interviews

Step 4: Conduct the Interviews


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