5 Questiosn to Ask a Perspective Employee

As a manger or an owner of a company, hiring a new person onto your staff is a extremely important decision. Hire the wrong person, your team goes down, production goes down, and this will definitely effect your bottom line. In fact, it could be said that hiring a new person into a company is the number one most important decision a manger or an owner could make. If this is such an important decision, a resume can not be the only indicator of who this new person is. You also can’t rely on the old questions that people have been using for years. The right interview questions are essential to finding out if this suit clad applicant is the right person for what you’re trying to accomplish in the company. These are 5 questions that will give you insight into who this person across the desk really is, and if they will fit into the already woven fabric of your company.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This question will point out where the applicant sees himself or herself in the future. Also, this will force the applicant to explain how your company fits into those future plans. Obviously they’re going to add how you’re a vital part of that future, but it will show you the way they work through a problem that they might not have otherwise thought of. This is very similar to how they will deal with a problem on the job that they’re not quite sure what the answer is. Not only this, you want to know that the applicant is thinking about their future and hopefully planning for it.

What was the worse thing about your last job?

This question gives the person the ability to rant and rave about what they didn’t like about their previous job. Pay careful attention to the level of decorum and profesionality they display. You don’t want someone unprofessional, but you also don’t want someone who isn’t honest. This particular question will also show a future employer the situations in the workforce that upset them, and how they deal with such things. Is this the type of person that will quit at the drop of a stressful situation, or stay around to help solve the problems?

Why should I hire you?

You are now privy to their persuasion skills. No matter what job you’re in, persuasion is an essential part of it. Whether it’s compromising within a team, or selling a product; persuasion is everything! This is the question where the applicant has to convince you that they are the right candidate for this particular job. You are allowed to watch them build on their strengths, play down their weaknesses, and show their best side. The employer can now see why the applicant wants the job.

Tell me a story about your childhood.

This is hands down one of the most odd questions that I have ever been asked in my employment career. I was applying for a basic data entry job in college, and the CEO of the company asked me this as the second question of the interview. When I later asked her why she asked that question, she explained that this shows her the values people hold. Most people will answer this question with a story that somehow ties in with the position their applying for. Others will tell a story they’re most fond of. Either way, you get a glimpse of the applicant’s world outside of the normal adult world. Hopefully, you will find a little more about the real person behind the resume.

What do you think is the best thing about this job

This is one of the best questions of a job interview. I have used this question again and again when hiring people. This question gives you the applicant’s real view of the job they’re applying for. It shows you, as a employer, what the outside world really thinks about the things you’re doing in your business. Not only that, it shows you how much you’re going to have to train the applicant to do the job. If they don’t know what the job really entails, you have to start from rock bottom. If they a number of preconceived ideas of the job, then you might have to re-teach them the job, and clear up some of their negativity towards the career. Or, you might find that you only have to do a few things to get this person ready to go

In the end, these questions will give you a glimpse at the person you’re hiring rather than basing your opinion on traditional questions that very well might tell you nothing.