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Oct 19, 2015

Interview: The right queries (PART 1)


Interviews are perhaps the most important stage of the recruitment process. They provide you with the invaluable opportunity to see your candidate “in the flesh”; to get a sense of who they are, what they’re motivated by, and just how good a fit they’ll be in your workplace.

However, all too often, you’ll find yourself frustrated after the interview is over, wishing that you’d asked certain questions to help you understand the person more fully. It’s easy to focus too heavily on job history and qualifications, which can stop you getting the “full picture” about your candidate.

Here’s some things you should keep in mind when preparing your interview questions.

What’s their work ethic?

You could be talking to the most amazingly qualified candidate ever, but if they haven’t got a strong work ethic, they won’t yield great results for your company. Ask them about projects they’ve worked on in the past, and get them to talk at length about the contribution they made. 

What were they willing to do to ensure that project was a success?

It’s also worth asking them about major achievements in life, both in work and in their private lives. Have they successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro? Were they awarded employee of the month in their last role, three months in a row? These types of achievement are all good signs that they are willing to put in the effort to get results.

How good are they at working in a team?

Regardless of the nature of your business, it’s likely that teamwork will be an important aspect of its successful operation. As a result, you’ll want to find a candidate who can work well with your existing employees.

Ask them to tell you about a time they’ve collaborated with others in order to achieve something. Present them with an imaginary scenario, such as disagreeing with a colleague on how best to approach a task, and ask them how they’d deal with the situation.

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