Want to Really Get to Know Your Potential Hires? Ask These Four Questions!, Hughes Office Equipment

Want to Really Get to Know Your Potential Hires? Ask These Four Questions!

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Do you use “curveball questions” to help you identify the best job candidates like – “Would you rather be attacked by one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?” Fortunately, for today’s job seekers, studies have found that these questions really are as silly as they sound. In fact, big companies like Google have been phasing them out in recent years.

When interviewing candidates, it’s important to ask questions that can reveal who they really are. Here are four to ask at your next interview, and some good answers.

1. Tell me about previous relationships you had with colleagues. Describe the best and the worst.

Every team dynamic is different. This question can help you determine if a candidate will fit in with your existing team.

A good answer…

Answers shouldn’t just focus on professional elements of a relationship. Listen for answers that explain how the candidates work style meshed or conflicted with team members.

2. Tell me about a time your messed up.

This is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a great way to test for self-awareness. A candidate who takes ownership for a mistake, typically learns from it and is humbled. Candidates who place the blame elsewhere should raise a red flag.

A good answer…

Taking responsibility, and admitting they miscalculated is a sign of maturity and self-awareness.

3. Tell me about a difficult goal you set and how you met the challenge.

If you’re seeking a results-oriented person, this is a great question. It can help you to gauge if your prospect can handle the goals you’ve set for them. Ask about their process for reaching the goal.

A good answer…

Will show that your candidate understands goal setting and that they can maintain a high-level of work under deadline pressure.

4. In your opinion, what is your most significant career accomplishment to date?

Lou Adler, author of Hire With Your Head, deemed this the best interview question for revealing if you should hire a candidate or not.

A good answer…

How your candidate answers this will tell you a lot about prior successes, and sense of ownership. A great answer will show that they’re confident in their choices and work, while being humble enough to show they care about their company’s success.

Asking well chosen questions can help you to narrow the field when it comes to choosing the right hire. Take the right approach, sit back and really listen!

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