Being a hiring manager is a difficult and tedious task. You have to look over many resumes, take time out of your schedule to make phone calls to set up interviews and then conduct the interviews then once all of those things are done you must decide out of all the candidates you’ve seen who will be the best fit for the position you’re hiring for. In getting to know potential candidates it’s all about the questions you ask. If you ask the right ones you can learn a lot about a person. Here are some helpful questions that will surely weed out the wrong candidates.
What do you feel you could contribute or bring to the company?
Interviews are all about selling yourself and candidates should be able to tell you what sets them apart from the other candidates. They should be able to tell you why they feel they would be a good fit for the position. Unfortunately a lot of candidates don’t realize how important this question is and how if answered just right could get them one step closer to obtaining the job.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
The first time I was asked this question I had no clue how to answer it. I was more prepared after but needless to say I bombed big time. I had to sit and think about it because I had never taken the time to figure it out. I felt like it was a great question but I my answer wasn’t effective. This is a good question to offer because there are a lot of people that can’t admit their weaknesses.
How do you handle stress or deadlines?
You have to make certain that whoever you hire can handle any stress and effectively get their work done. It’s extremely important that you hire someone that can handle stress on their own in a way that doesn’t affect or disturb anyone else. As a manager or supervisor you don’t need the task of calming someone down you need to be able to do all of your duties and have confidence they can handle all theirs.
How long do you plan to be with the company?
Interviewing is a process and who wants to do this on a continual basis. You want to make sure this person has a desire to stay. Again you’re going through a lot to find just the right person you want to make sure you haven’t done all that hard work for nothing.
What are your career goals and aspirations?
It’s always nice to know where a person is and where they’re headed. The only way you can know that for sure is by asking the right questions. It’s good to know if a person is ambitious or has goals and even better if their goals coincide with the goals of the company.
These questions make people think and if asked correctly they can potentially provide you with an amazing employee! Don’t be afraid to ask these questions it’s what makes the interview process worth it.