When you are interviewing someone to work for your company, you need to ask the right questions. You also want to ask new questions because there is such a thing as mastering an interview and people who have been on many interviews can easily anticipate the questions they will be asked. Although that is great for them, it is probably not so great for you. You do not want to hire someone based on answers that they have memorized. There need to be a little surprise, a little critical thinking, before they give an honest answer to you. Here are some ideas of interesting interview questions that you can ask a potential employee.
1. Give me three specific reasons why you believe this company is right for you. Now, someone who is extremely interested in this job would have done their research. They would have visited the company’s website and taken in posters and bulletin boards in the office. You don’t want a candidate that does not know anything about your company, someone who just wants a job; any job. This question will show you what type of interviewee is sitting in front of you. Now, of course you don’t expect perfect answers but what you are looking for is that they have a real interest in wanting to be part of your company. Especially if you have not already given them a history of what the company does, you will be able to get a real idea about just how much they know about your company.
2. What do you value in a job? Why is this question important? This will inform you of the person’s expectation from the job and their reason for being there. Just like the company has expectations from them, they will also have expectations from the company. This is perfectly fine, as long as the company is able to meet their expectations. If they value having strong relationships with their co-workers and this is something that your company does not encourage, then they may not be a right fit. If they value getting the job done, working independently and working alone but your company values team play, they are also not a right fit.
3. Would you be willing to sign a year contract with us? Even if you won’t actually have them sign such a contract, you can tell from their reaction and their answer, how long they expect to stay with your company. People may need jobs for a short period of time which is fine for some companies. If that’s not something that you are looking for and you need someone that can commit to a longer term, this is a question you want to ask. Even if they let you know that they are not willing to sign such a contract, they may give you a better idea of just how long they are willing to stay and you can make your decision from that. It’s easy for an interviewee to say ‘oh I plan on being here as long as you will have me’ when their is no mention of a contract involved. However, if you mention a contract, they are more likely to confess the truth. They may say something like, ‘well I can only really commit to nine months, it’s a possibility that I may be leaving the state after that’. I have had jobs where I stayed a short period of time which was also my plan when I began working at those places. However, if the employer had asked me if I would have signed a year contract with consequences if I breached the contract, I would have quickly picked up my bag and ran in the other direction.
4.Who inspires you ant why? This is another question that can inform you of the person’s values. You may wonder why you should ask this question and the interviewee may look at you like you made a mistake when you ask it but trust me, it’s worth it. When someone tell you why someone inspires them, they are telling you a lot about themselves. They will tell you the things they value in that person which will show you what values they have or are working on having. They may be inspired by someone because they are hard working ,committed, trustworthy, etc., which gives you a picture of the type of employee they will be. If they are inspired by someone for not so great reasons, then, you may want to keep on looking for your perfect employee.
Now that I’ve given you a few ideas of questions you can ask, I’m sure your brain is spinning with other great ideas that will be appropriate for your company. I wish you the best of luck with finding the perfect employees and I would really love it if you share other great ideas that you may have of questions that can be asked. Talk about your experiences with asking these questions or other questions and the results. Did they work? I would love hearing from you and so would other readers!