Why focus on part-time interview questions
Part-time = less than 40 hours per week.
You need to hire these awesome, adaptable employees for:
- Seasonal needs and peak demand
- Trial periods to figure out if they’re a good fit before offering full-time employment
- Shift work
- Specific projects
Part-time role interview questions
- What’s your availability and how flexible are you?
- Would you consider working full-time in the future?
- What drew you to this role and what are your long term goals?
- What would you do if your shift ended and your colleague who works the next shift hadn’t arrived yet?
- What would you do if your colleague who worked the previous shift hadn’t finished up?
- How do you handle stress? Give an example.
How to ace part-time role interviews
- Know the law: Be prepared for interviews by checking in with local labor laws around part-time employment—they probably differ to full-time workers.
- Don’t overburden them: Part-time employees shouldn’t be expected to work at a full-time level. Only give them the info they need.
- Be clear: Right from the job ad, let candidates know you’re looking for part-time employees. Include knockout questions on your job application forms or during screening to pinpoint potential deal breakers early on.
Candidates to avoid
- They’re unavailable: If you’re advertising for shift work, candidates need to be available.
- They’re after full-time employment: Some candidates see part-time as a stepping stone to full-time. Be transparent and hire people who want what you’re offering.
- They’re a bad culture fit: Part-time employees are part of the team. They need to get your company and want to contribute to your overall goals.