Are You Asking the Right Interview Questions?

January 02, 2019

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As an interviewer, you don’t have much time to get to know your candidates. It’s important to make the most of the time you have. To get a good overview of a candidate, ask them these types of interview questions.

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Questions That Reveal Self-Awareness

The questions you ask should prompt thought-provoking responses that offer insight into the candidate’s level of self-awareness and personality. For example, ask them:

When was a time you went above your job description to complete a task?

Describe a time when you accomplished a professional goal.

These types of questions ask candidates to describe how they reacted in certain situations in the past, which can help you gain insight into their personalities.

Questions That Show Compatibility and Cultural Fit

Questions that focus on personality, values, and goals will also give you an idea of how the candidate will fit in with your corporate culture.

Will this hire work well with the existing team? Do their values align with the company’s vision? Do their professional goals match those at your company?

Ask the candidate to describe their ability to accept constructive criticism and take direction and feedback. Ask about their work ethic, goals, and long-term plans. Ask why they want to work with your company and how they can see themselves making an impact.

Questions That Don’t Prompt Generic Answers

When posing questions to candidates, consider the answers you might receive. Prepared candidates often research commonly asked questions ahead of time and rehearse their responses. If you don’t want to receive generic responses, pose questions that require more thought. Questions that require an outside-the-box answer can provide greater insight into the candidate’s ability to think on their feet.

Questions That Offer Insight into Key Traits

To get more top-performing employees, consider the traits, skills, and qualities your best employees possess and try to determine what makes them excel in their roles and your business. Many hiring managers want to hire staff who exemplify similar characteristics.

Identifying the top qualities in your team will give you a better idea of what you should be looking for in a new hire. You can then ask questions that reveal whether interviewees would fit in well and potentially become top performers.

The rest is simple. Sell your company to job candidates, and find your next hire by asking these types of questions.

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Lee Sitarz

Lee Sitarz

Lee earned a degree in marketing from York University, which has helped her succeed in various roles in the staffing industry. She has over 20 years of progressive staffing experience including Branch Management, Sales, Operations, and Marketing. Lee is active at giving back to her community, and spends her down time with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

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