Use these four interview tips and ask the revealing questions during your next employee recruitment to choose the right candidate for your open position. The questions you ask of candidates in an interview can reveal key things about their personality, work style, integrity and work ethic. …that is, if you ask the right questions. Most interviews only last 30 minutes to an hour, so it’s important to make the most of the time you’re given.
These four revealing interview tips can help you choose the right candidate for your available position.
1 of 4 Interview Tips: What do you know about us from our website?
Most employers expect candidates to research the company and position before they show up to their interview, but not all job candidates do their homework. This could be a sign of disorganization, poor planning, or lack of interest in the position.
This question can also reveal interesting qualities about candidates as they try to explain why they didn’t look at the website. Do they admit their mistake? How do they explain it? If they did look at the website, where did they focus their attention? Give thought to the candidate’s answers because their answer can help identify an employment red flag.
2 of 4 Interview Tips: Have you ever been given low rankings on a performance review, and what did you do to change your performance?
No one is perfect. People who won’t admit to their faults could be in denial, which could make training and management difficult.
People who regularly get good performance reviews at work may have to think hard about this question, but everyone should be able to admit to some weakness in the workplace. Those who can admit to fault and who can talk about what they do to improve themselves are on the right track.
3 of 4 Interview Tips: Provide two or three examples of ways you show kindness to your colleagues.
It’s important for people to show consideration to their peers, managers and colleagues. Asking people how they do this, what they do, reveals a lot about how they work with others and what they do to contribute to a healthy office culture.
If you’re interviewing someone for a management position, this is especially important due to background check limitations.
4 of 4 Interview Tips: What is the most important thing you’ve done all week?
This is just a fun and strange question that shows how well a person thinks on their feet, what their priorities are, what they consider to be “important” and how they react to odd questions under pressure. This can also be revealing of interesting quirks like sense of humor and creativity.
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