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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.

Find the right candidates

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

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When is Temp-to-Hire the Right Answer for Your Job Opening?

August 23rd, 2017

When you’re looking to fill a job opening, there are many things you might consider, like qualifications, skill requirements, and pay rate. But you also should think about whether or not you want to hire a salaried employee or a temp-to-hire worker. Each company and position are different so it’s worth looking into your options.

What is a Temp-to-Hire Position?

This type of position can turn into a long-term arrangement, but first, you are able to bring on a worker to see if they are a good fit for both the responsibilities and company culture.

Three Reasons You Should Consider Temp-to-Hire

You need more staff but can’t commit to long term

If your company has busy seasons or a project that demands extra workers, a temp-to-hire worker is a great option. This arrangement allows you able to meet the needs of your company and clients without risking the chance that you’ll have to let go of your worker in a short time frame. During this time, you may realize that your temp-to-hire worker would be a fantastic hire for your company on a permanent basis. That’s the flexibility that you get with a temp-to-hire job opening.

You require more workers but can’t put them on payroll

Adding more workers to payroll isn’t always a good option for companies and that can be frustrating if you need more workers. Temp-to-hire job openings can help with this predicament also because they aren’t added to payroll, but they do fulfill your need of more manpower.

Make sure the worker is a good fit

There’s a lot of risks when bringing on new workers. And a mistake in hiring can be costly to a company. One way to avoid these problems is by testing out a worker before bringing them on full-time with a permanent position. During this time, you can make sure that the worker has the qualifications and skills you need. You can also be certain that they work well with your other employees and are a good fit for your company’s culture.

Find a Temp-to-Hire for Your Company

If you have a need at your company and think a temp-to-hire position will fit your requirements, contact Concorde Personnel.

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