If you are an interviewer then you must know questions that you should ask at every interview. Hiring people is tough. You may see dozens of candidates and a lot of them will seem very similar. Their qualifications will line up (for the most part), most of them will be eager and they are all going to be hungry for the position.
It can be very hard to discern who deserves the position and who would be right for your team. It can also be tough to get a straight and honest answer from them for the more tough questions. Sometimes it’s how you word things that will make the difference.
Here are three questions that you should ask at every interview to make sure you hire the best employee possible.
1. Give an example of a time that you…
I know this question drives people nuts at interviews, but it is an important question. Anyone can say that they have the attributes that you are looking for, but forcing them to come up with a real- world example will root out those telling the truth from the frauds.
They may not be directly trying to lie to you, but people are going to say what they think you want to hear to get the job.
Ask questions like:
Give an example of a time that you had to deal with an unruly customer.
Give an example of a time that your boss commended you for doing a good job.
2. How Would … Describe You?
Instead of asking them directly about their best attributes, ask them to put themselves in the perspective of someone else around them. Ask them what their old coworkers, old boss or friends would say about them.
This gets them thinking outside of the box and makes them reach beyond their own opinion of themselves and consider other people. You’d be surprised at the difference in answers you will get phrasing it this way.
3. What are your long-term goals, plans, etc…?
This will both give you an idea of how driven they are as well as how long they are planning on sticking around. If they are going to college for something that’s not even remotely in your field, they may not want your job long-term.
This may work out in your favor if you are looking for a short-term person. It’s better to ask this than to ask how long they plan on staying with the company, because they will try to give you the answer you want to hear, instead of what they feel to be true.
There are all kinds of questions that you can ask during an interview, some of them more stereotypical , others more relevant to your field, but these are a few questions that will help get the truth out of your candidates and give you a better idea of what sets them apart. Enjoy the interview process and ask the right questions for the perfect employee!
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