The most common reason that companies fail is that they do a poor job hiring employees. Interviews can obviously be awkward at times or feel monotonous if you’re constantly interviewing candidates. However, taking them seriously is worth it for the longterm health of your company. Below we’ve put together a list of some common interview questions as well as a few not-so-common questions to help guide you through the process.
Common Interview Questions
Can you tell me a little bit more about yourself?
This question seems so basic yet so many candidates fail to prepare for this. Being able to articulate who you are in 2-3 sentences is not an easy skill. In order to do so, a person must be able to organize their thoughts quickly and succinctly. If they can do this it is a good sign that you are talking to an intelligent candidate.
How did you hear about this position?
Another obvious question but it gives the candidate the chance to show off a little bit. You’ll be able to tell how much research have they done about the company’s history and gauge how interested they truly are in working for you.
What would your first 30, 60 or 90 days look like in this role?
Based on the answer to this question you’ll be able to get a grasp on how ambitious this candidate is. You’ll also be able to see how closely their vision aligns with how you think about the role you are hiring for.
Not-so-common interview questions
Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?
The ideal answer is good and on time because perfection is relative. However, the bigger thing you should be looking for here is how well the candidate can make an argument for what they believe to be true.
If you woke up and had 1500 unread emails and only had time to answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
This question is purposefully hard but it will allow you to assess how well the candidate can think on their feet. Their answer will also show you where the candidate’s priorities lie and if they are more focused on short or long-term goals.
Who of our competitors should we be worried about and why?
This is a creative way of asking “what do you know about our company?” If a candidate has gotten deep enough to figure out who your competitors are they have clearly done their research. This type of work ethic is just as important as the skills they possess.
Whether you choose to ask more of the common interview questions or come up with your own make sure to take each interview seriously. With the current state of the job market, hiring is definitely a two-way street. The candidate needs to feel like you care about what they are saying.
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