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Which Job Interview Questions Reveal Top Performers?

September 20th, 2017

Finding the right candidate for a job position is no small task. It can be time consuming, but one way to make the process faster and less confusing is to be sure to ask the right interview questions. With just a few of the right interview questions, you can reveal a top performer.

When you’re interviewing candidates, you want to find the best of the group. You want the top performer. These five questions will help you determine which candidates are top performers.

How do you stay passionate on a project over a long period of time?

Some projects may be quick and exciting. Others might take more time, and it’s important to find candidates with ambition. How a candidate answers this question will help you pinpoint who has the ability to have lasting enthusiasm, no matter the subject or duration of a project.

How do you work on your own in an independent capacity and still produce results?

It’s important to hire an employee who can be motivated and who can get work done on their own. When a candidate answers this question, they may even give an example of a time when they’ve tackled a project on their own and this would be a sure indicator that they can be a top performer at your company.

Where do you want to improve your professional skills?

Rather than asking for a candidate to talk about their weaknesses, asking this question will prompt the interviewee to talk about their aspirations for professional growth. It will be easy to tell if the candidate is interested in improving their skill set and offerings, or whether they have grown stagnant.

How do you stay focused with distractions?

A busy office is full of distractions, including noise from phones, people, printers, visitors, etc. The important thing about asking this question is making sure that your candidate has a way to block out distractions and focus on their tasks. Different people will have different strategies, but a top performer knows what will work for them. Whether they make lists to stay on task or wear noise-blocking headphones, asking this question during the interview will help you identify if you’re talking to an experienced top performer.

How do you unplug/recharge?

A top performer knows that they need to balance work with life to avoid burnout. If you have a candidate who seems more like a perfectionist who always wants to work, that could mean a greater risk for burnout and employee turnover which is expensive. Look for a candidate who can answer with their hobbies or extracurricular activities and interests. Chances are, they know how to recharge and will be able to perform their best, with positivity, for a longer stretch of time.

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If you need help finding the right candidates to interview for an open position, contact Concorde Personnel.

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