Closed-ended questions

Close-ended questions are a format of questions that limits the answer of the person that has been asked. These questions are generally to know something punctual about the respondent, the responses are also in multiple choice.

Uses of the Close-ended questions

Closed-ended questions

The close-ended question is for getting specific information, since the person who is going to answer it would have a few choices, so it would be easy for the interviewer to evaluate that person.

If you do not know how to use them, here some advices, as these kinds of questions are for getting specific information it is important to have clear view of what you want to know, for example: if you want to know how was he in his last job you can ask: how good were you in your last job? And the candidate or respondent will have limited options to response, from good to bad. Or you can look for a confirmation in a conversation, if you were talking about football you can ask: did you say that you like soccer or football? Again the number of responses is limited. Now that you know how to use these getting information questions to interview people or to know more about your close ones.


  • Are you comfortable with the offer?
  • May I hear again about your specialization?
  • Is your first time, tonight?
  • Did you work in something similar before?
  • Can I help you?
  • May I ask if you like our proposition?
  • Would you like to enter to this firm?
  • Is math your favorite subject?
  • Does four plus four equal eight?

How to response them?

  • It is important that you respond the question with the exact information and being confident about the answer. Do not get as much information, but answer always with the truth.
  • Try to be as much accurate as you can, because the interviewer will want to know how good you are at certain topics.
  • Be patient, if you want to ask questions you should wait until the end of the interview.
  • The body language is important, try to control it and show that you are confident of what you are responding.
  • Close-ended questions involve other types of questions which are: true/false questions, yes/no questions, an even multiple choice questions.

Types of Close-ended questions

  • Dichotomous: Yes/no questions.
  • Multiple Choice: more than two possibilities for a response.
  • Rating: respond a question rating the response, like a multiple choice.
  • Likert Scale: Represent a question by qualifying it, it is usually use in a table since it is not very easy to use.
  • Ranking: it is important that you ask in order and set the different choices that the candidate will have to order according its preferences.
  • Checklist: the persons responding will have different kind of choices to pick, none is incorrect.
  • Fill-in-the-Blank: the person who is going to respond should fill a blank space in a sentence.