Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut! 6 Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

September 30th, 2016

By the time the in-person interview rolls around, applicants have already been vetted down to the final pool of the best of the best. As an employer, this is your opportunity to make sure you select not only the most qualified candidate for the position, but the one that will be the best fit for your company. When preparing for your next round of interviews, consider asking less run-of-the-mill questions to get out of the standard interviewing rut and truly learn about your candidates!

  1. What is the key to your success? People who are successful tend to put thought into what is helping them succeed and why. If your candidate is able to answer this question thoroughly with examples, it’s a good indication they will be successful on the job.
  2. What is your burning desire? A candidate’s burning desire – whatever it may be – will help you glean insight into what motivates them and if they will be a good fit for your team!
  3. When do you feel the best? Everyone works differently. Some employees thrive in different environments or work better during morning or evening hours. Finding out when a candidate feels their best can not only help you get a feel for their potential fit, but also how you can best manage them.
  4. What is the biggest decision you’ve had to make in the past year? This is a fantastic way to learn how a candidate approaches problem solving. Were they able to solve the problem fairly quickly or did they need to take their time? Did they call in the help of a team or did they solve the problem on their own?
  5. Describe a situation in which you did not succeed. This question is important as it requires a degree of self-awareness to answer. If the candidate takes ownership of their answer, it’s a good indication they are humble and mindful of their work. Inversely, if the candidate places blame on others or cannot provide a true answer, this should be viewed as a red flag.
  6. Who is the smartest person you know and why? Questions like this test what the candidate values and aspires to be like in their own personal or professional life. Answers will likely vary greatly but can provide invaluable insight on the candidate’s ability to connect, decision-making skills and application of learned skills.

Interviewing is a great tool for making the most informed hiring decision that is best for your business, but only if you are asking the right questions. 1st Staffing Group prides itself on being the most comprehensive Oklahoma City staffing company offering full staffing solutions from start to finish. If you are looking to revamp your hiring process to ensure you hire the best candidates, contact 1st Staffing Group today!

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