It’s that time of the year again when you could use an extra hand around the office. If you want to ensure you are hiring the most qualified workers then you need to know the best questions to ask a potential hire to ensure you are adding the best quality to the company. Here are thirteen of the best questions to ask a potential hire.
What are your long-range goals and objectives for the next seven to ten years?
It’s going to cost your company money to hire a new employee so you want someone who will stick around for a while and that has potential to help build the company in the long run.
What are your short-term goals and objectives for the next one to three years?
It is important to hire someone who has plans for your business in the long run, but you also want them to have goals they can apply right now. There’s no point of hiring someone if they won’t benefit until five years later.
How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
Some people may name all these great goals that they’ll do for the company, but some people are full of nonsense and can’t backup their goals. You want an employee who has beneficial goals and has plans A, B, C, and reach those goals.
Why did you choose the career for which you are preparing?
If a person doesn’t know why they want the job then the interview should end right at that moment.
Describe a situation in which you had to work with a difficult person (another student, co-worker, customer, supervisor, etc.). How did you handle the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently in hindsight?
You don’t want to hire a person with anger problems. If they scare your customers away then they scare your money away.
In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
You want your employees to do their best work and to encourage that, place them in an area that makes them happy and comfortable. If an employee feels stressed in their work area then their performance will be poor.
What two to three things would be most important to you in your job?
This question will help you understand your potential hire more. It will really show you if this person is worth hiring whether pay, security, teamwork, benefits, or advancement is more important to them.
How do you work under pressure?
Every business will have they’re pressure moments and if a person can’t keep their composure under pressure then that is a red flag.
Describe your contribution you have made to a project which you worked?
If your company has much group activity then this question will determine how involved they are in group projects.
What have you learn from participation in extracurricular activities?
College organizations, volunteer work, and Greek organizations may have taught the potential hire skills that are valuable
Are you willing to spend at least six months as a trainee?
If the person really wants the job then that person shouldn’t mind being trained so they can perform their best on the job.
How would you view needing to relocate for the job? Do you have constraints on relocation?
This can be a big or no big deal determining on the type of business, but it is a question that should be taken into consideration.
How do you determine or evaluate success?
If they have a poor view of success then they’ll have poor performance.