- “How many years did you work for your last employer?”
- “Have you ever worked in a different industry?”
- “What’s the longest you’ve worked for any employer?”
- “Are you comfortable working remotely or in a hybrid environment?”
- “Do you prefer working with a team or independently?”
Closed Question Interview
2. How long did you work for your previous employer?
You may receive this question during an interview so a hiring manager can gauge how loyal you were to your previous employer and how much you may have learned from your time there. You can give a brief answer or take the time to expand on your responsibilities if youve yet to cover them during your interview. If you didnt stay at your previous employer for long, you may consider explaining the reason for your brief employment.
Example: “I worked for my previous employer for eight months. I wouldve liked to stay longer, but the company downsized and eliminated my department.”
1. How many years of experience do you have?
Its common for hiring managers to ask you how many years of experience you have in the field. Your answer can help them determine if youre more entry level or if you have enough experience to fulfill the requirements for a more advanced position. An interviewer also asks so they can feel confident in your abilities if they decide to hire you for the position.
Example: “I have five years of relevant experience. Within those five years, Ive assumed many roles that have given me a more comprehensive view of how operations work in this industry. I look forward to learning even more in a new role.”
5. What was your favorite class in college?
Especially if youre a recent graduate, a hiring manager may ask about your classes to understand more about your strengths and interests. The interviewer may expect that your favorite class is related to the position youre applying for, but if its not, then the hiring manager may want to learn more. As with most closed-ended questions, you can provide a brief answer or you can explain your answer.
Example: “My favorite college class was freshman English. Although I didnt pursue a career in a field that would use my knowledge of English literature, I thoroughly enjoyed our required reading and learned a lot in the course.”
This is because having fixed data points like “Yes.”, “No.”, or “1998”, makes it easier to grade or to gather useful information from fixed data points. It’s a lot easier to make a graph or chart with questions like “Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises?” rather than “How do sunsets make you feel?”.
Open-ended questions include those such as “What do you think about putting all the managers on an intranet?” “Please explain how you make a scheduling decision.” “In what ways does the system extend your capability to do tasks that would not be possible otherwise?” Consider the term open-ended. “Open” actually describes the interviewee’s options for responding. They are open. The response can be two words or two paragraphs. Some examples of open-ended questions are shown below.
A closed question limits the response available to the interviewee. You may be familiar with closed questions through multiple-choice exams in college. You are given a question and five responses, but you are not allowed to write down your own response and still be counted as having correctly answered the question.
A third type of question is the probe or follow-up. The strongest probe is the simplest: the question, “Why?” Other probes are “Can you give me an example of a time you did not find the system trustworthy?” and “Will you elaborate on that for me?” Some examples of probing questions are listed below. The purpose of the probe is to go beyond the initial answer to get more meaning, to clarify, and to draw out and expand on the interviewee’s point. Probes may be either open-ended or closed questions.
Thus, as the interviewer, you must think carefully about the question types you will use. Both open-ended and closed questions have advantages and drawbacks, as shown in the figure below. Notice that choosing one question type over the other actually involves a trade-off; although an open-ended question affords breadth and depth of reply, responses to open-ended questions are difficult to analyze. Attributes of open-ended and closed questions.
The alternative to open-ended questions is found in the other basic question type: closed questions. Such questions are of the basic form “Is it easy to use the current system?” and, “How many subordinates do you have?” The possible responses are closed to the interviewee, because he or she can only reply with a finite number such as “None,” “One,” or “Fifteen.” Some examples of closed questions are listed below.
What are the 3 types of closed questions?
- Are you feeling better today?
- May I use the bathroom?
- Is the prime rib a special tonight?
- Should I date him?
- Will you please do me a favor?
- Have you already completed your homework?
- Is that your final answer?
- Were you planning on becoming a fireman?
What are closed interviews?