How should an employer cut through "canned interview responses" to get the information it really needs?

Author: Melanie Perez-Vellios

Many of the general interview questions used by employers can often be found online, with suggested responses for job candidates to use during their interviews. The best way to get around these canned responses is to avoid asking "canned questions."

Instead, employers can conduct their interviews in a more conversational style, rather than the more traditional question and answer format. In order to do this, employers can pose open-ended questions, requiring candidates to expand on how their experiences or qualifications fit the needs of the particular job. Employers also can use interview questions that specifically focus on the particular aspects or functions of the position being filled.

Finally, employers can draw applicants out by asking hypothetical questions relating to practical situations that an employee in the job position would face.