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Tax Department Interview Guide – Questions To Ask Anyone Wanting To Work In Your Tax Department



An organized approach to interviewing will greatly enhance the accuracy of the selection process. It will also create a more favorable impression on the candidate being interviewed. With an organized interview you are more likely to obtain the information necessary to make an informed decision. The primary purpose of an interview is to determine the candidate’s suitability of the role.

Proper questioning will provide pertinent information in evaluating the candidate. The interview questions we provide are designed to avoid some of the common errors in interviewing while encouraging the candidate to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings in a candid an honest manner. You must always pay close attention to what is said during an interview and make notes of responses. Approaching an interview in this manner leads to insightful information and more successful hires. There are often two candidates present in an interview, the “real candidate” and the “candidate on display”. All candidates interviewed wish to present themselves in a favorable light and impress the interviewer. Whether the candidate is really the person projected during the interview is the interviewer’s responsibility to decide.

Strong questioning technique will definitely assist you in making a more accurate assessment. Many of the interview questions provided are nondirective and allow the candidate to open up their thoughts with ease. The more comfortable you can make the candidate the better the results, and the more likely you will be in gathering valuable information from the “real candidate”. The great way to begin an interview is with small talk about any familiar topic to both of you (i.e. weather, commute, sports, clothes, etc.). The point is put the candidate at ease as quickly as possible early on in the interview process. Always treat the candidate with respect and consideration. This includes being on time so they are not waiting, and also mindful not to take any calls or allow any interruptions during the interview.

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