Interviewing: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Interviewing is an essential skill in making a sound hiring decision that seeks to find out the candidate's background, work experience, skill level, general overall intelligence, enthusiasm, attitudes, etc.

Interviewing: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Shows active listening by asking intelligent questions and following up with comments.
  • Makes interviewees comfortable as much as possible to get the intended responses.
  • Always shows great confidence all the way through the interviewing process.
  • Knows how to ask the right and relevant questions and professionally raises issues.
  • Always takes notes from what the interviewee is saying throughout the interview.
  • Gives the interviewee ample time to answer questions to the best of their abilities.
  • Gives the interviewee all the information and material need for the interview process.
  • Knows how to ask open-ended questions that allow the candidates to explain at length.
  • Puts the company in the best light to the candidates and gives factual information.
  • Answers questions in a very clear and concise manner that everyone in the room understands.

Interviewing: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Dresses in a very professional way for the interviews and is always neat.
  • Always tries to seek clarification on issues that are not well understood.
  • Manages emotions and feelings well enough that it does not affect the process.
  • Makes good eye contact, stands, and sits in the correct posture.
  • Does not talk too much and is usually brief in making statements or comments.
  • Strikes a good balance when it comes to confidence, modesty, and professionalism.
  • Does not appear desperate when answering or asking questions in an interview.
  • Shows great enthusiasm and positivity when answering and asking questions.
  • Prepares well for the interviews by doing adequate research on the position being offered.
  • Maintains a good sense of positivity before, during and after the interview.

Interviewing: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Does not dress to suit the interview and the dressing is usually not professional.
  • Allows the process to continue without asking for any clarification on issues not well understood.
  • Talks too fast and always does not answer the questions satisfactorily.
  • Does not ask relevant questions that are in line with knowing what the position and the company entails.
  • Talks in an unclear and concise manner that the other people cannot understand.
  • Arrives late for the interview process and looks disoriented in most cases.
  • Answers questions in a cook and arrogant manner and assumes know it all attitude.
  • Does not show enough knowledge of the position being applied for and the company at large.
  • Exudes an over-confident nature and appears cocky when putting points across.
  • Does not carry all the required documents that need to be presented during the interview.

Interviewing: Self Evaluation Questions

  • Have you attended an interview and you had not prepared adequately? Explain how it went about?
  • How well can you rate your confidence level before going about an interview process?
  • Do you ask questions on issues that you feel are not well understood?
  • Describe the best interview you have ever attended, and you felt you performed well?
  • Describe an interview you have attended, and you felt you did not perform well?
  • What is the one question you find challenging to answer during an interview and why?
  • If you are told to describe yourself in three words, how will you answer it?
  • Do you always receive all the information and materials for the interview process from the interviewer? How does it help mentally?
  • Have you ever arrived at an interview late? How did you perform or what happened?
  • Give an instance you were invited for an interview that you did not meet all the requirements and how was the experience?

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