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5 Good Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

December 30th, 2014

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Interviews give you a limited amount of time to gather a huge amount of information about a job seeker. And, in most cases, you will only have the impression from one interview to help you differentiate a large pool of candidates. That’s why it’s so important to pick your questions carefully, strategically, and for maximum effect. Here are a few questions that work in any job interview setting:

How can You Make a Contribution to this Company?

Ultimately, you’re not just trying to fill a vacancy, you’re trying to improve the way your company does business. This question clearly asks the candidate to define the skills/experiences/qualities that will most benefit your mission.

Why Do You Think You’re a Good Fit for this Company?

You will probably interview at least several candidates that have similar skills and experiences. Use this question to help differentiate them. Look for candidates that have studied your company, made an effort to understand your present and future needs, and done everything possible to align their professional credentials with what they know about your operation.

Where do You See Yourself in Five or Ten Years?

This question helps you judge how committed a candidate will be to your company. Someone with lofty goals might be more tempted to jump ship or leave to seek out more education, but don’t penalize candidates that vocalize their ambition. The best candidates are the ones you can imagine hiring for this position, and then promoting to something higher.

Tell Me about an Unexpected Situation You Adapted to.

The unexpected is inevitable, but, unfortunately, flexibility and adaptability are not skills that are easy to measure. Asking candidates to give you an anecdote helps you judge what kind of pressures they have worked under in the past and whether they have the professional agility to continue thriving when the job description suddenly evolves.

What is Your Ideal Working Environment?

When vetting candidates, it’s important to consider how they will fit into your existing company culture. This question helps you create a prediction. If the work environment the candidate describes sounds like the one already in your office, it’s a good sign. Just be sure to consider all the factors – coworkers, boss, workspace, office atmosphere etc.

These are some good general questions, but be sure to ask more specific questions based on information from the candidate’s resume. Also, it helps to create a simple form or checklist to record candidate’s answers to make it easy for you to do side-by-side comparisons later. Find more resources to help you build a strategic workforce by working with Concorde Staffing Group.

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5 Non-traditional Interview Questions That Can Help You Select the Best Candidate

August 30th, 2011

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When it comes to interviewing, having an effective list of interview questions to pull from can make the difference between identifying a stellar candidate or ending up with a dud. By adding a few non-traditional interview questions into the mix, it’s easier to select the best candidates for the job because of how these candidates respond. Here are 5 non-traditional questions that can help you find diamonds in the rough among your candidate list.

Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? While this question may seem a little unrelated to work habits, being somewhat of a risk taker signifies someone who is a natural leader. Calculated risk taking can indicate a person who is not afraid of taking chances in order to experience something better. This trait can benefit the workplace in those that encourage team work and creativity. The more in detail the candidate responds, the higher level of creativity one may expect.

Where do you see yourself in five years? This question often gets raised eyebrows from interviewees, but it’s a very important one from a hiring standpoint. If the candidate is just looking for temporary placement or is using this opportunity as a stepping stone, the answer will most likely focus on the candidate’s personal goals. If the interviewee answers that he or she would like to take on a role of more responsibility within your company, there’s a likelihood of being a more stable candidate who can be developed.

What are the signs that an employer is a good one to work for? Let’s face it; job seekers are usually looking for a career where they can shine. They are in it for the money, the title or the advancement opportunities. However, it’s rare that a candidate will step outside of his or her personal needs to choose a company based on it’s merits. Look for candidates who speak about wanting to work for an organization with high ethics, community responsibility and an environment where employees collaborate to create new and better things.

Describe your last job/ boss in three words? When you ask this question, be prepared for the client to either laugh or look stunned. This non-traditional interview question is sometimes better than an employment verification check as the reaction of the candidate speaks volumes. A candidate who has positive work experiences will answer with positive words and generally more than three will come to mind. Someone who has left on bad terms will have trouble with this one, or may refuse to answer it. Take note of the candidate’s verbal and non-verbal responses.

If you could be a superhero for a day, who would you be? This is a fun interview question to throw in, especially to break the ice with nervous candidates. Who the interviewee picks can say a great deal about his or her personal values. The best candidates will choose a super hero who is all powerful and then will go into detail how they will change the world in a positive way. Look for those who explain how being a superhero can benefit mankind and you have the makings of great employees.

Want more tips on effective interviewing? Check with the employment professionals at Concorde Personnel today.

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