Contractors, both small and large, make poor hiring decisions every day. Falling into the hiring pit is easy to do if you aren't careful. Maybe you're in a hurry to fill a position, or you feel you must grab who you can because the labor market is so tight. We have found that many contractors are poorly prepared to interview candidates no matter what the position--concrete finisher, secretary, or truck driver.

Here are 10 good questions to ask during in an interview--the heart of the hiring process. It's also important to carefully screen applicants before scheduling an interview and to check the references of any candidate you want to hire.