With business being such an evolving and competitive field the hiring process needs to reflect that as well. The same generic “What are your weaknesses and strengths” questions are not going to weed out the average from the best. Here are four new ways to ask the same questions to your candidates.
Tell me about a time you were overlooked and underappreciated at work?
This question is meant to understand the candidate’s character. You want them to thoroughly explain how their work stood out amongst others and why they believed they should have been granted that recognition. And if their actions reflect someone who decided to take initiative and voice their concerns by having respectful dialogue with their superior.
Tell me about a time you took the leadership role on a team, what did you prioritize?
This question is perfect to understand the role the candidate plays when working with others. They should thoroughly explain how they delegated the workload and if the finished projected represented the voice of everyone or just the candidate. A good leader knows how to work under pressure and not only be credited for the group’s success but also failures.
As you would in a business meeting pitch me one of my services/products.
This question best determines how much the candidate knows about your company and the services you provide. If the interviewee is serious about this job prospect they’ll understand where your business stands amongst this vast industry and who your target audience is.
What is an important life lesson you learned as a child that you’ve applied to your work?
This is a great question for your candidate to showcase their creativity and their passion within their field. And to also how much this person has grown and matured into the person sitting in front of you.
The purpose of these interviews questions is to gain more knowledge of your candidates to make sound decisions and employ qualified people to successfully impact your business.
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