Interviewing a new employee is sort of like a first date. Everyone tries to put their best foot forward and it can take weeks or months to discover what that person is really like or if they are a good fit. So, to make it easier to find out what a potential new hire is really like before you make that commitment, I have reached out the CarolRoth.com contributor network of business owners, advisors and entrepreneurs to find out their best interview questions. Their answers are presented below in no particular order.
You may notice some similar ideas listed, but I kept them separate, as something in the way one is framed may resonate differently with you.
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I love #9. Asking what you'd rather be doing if you weren't working says a lot about their traits/attributes. If they say they play in a band or are an artist outside of work, that shows you they have a creative side, which (depending on the position) could really a unique attribute to them and their success in the position.
I like to prepare the questions with the goal of identifying few characteristics of the applicant. Here are 10 questions that I like to ask along with the type of characteristics they aim to identify (mentioned in parenthesis).
1. What do you want to get out of this job? (Motivation, Needs)
2. Why did you leave last couple of jobs? (Stability, Commitment)
3. What would you do on the first day of the job if we hired you? (Preparedness)
4. What types of people do you get along well with? What type of people do you NOT like? (Teamwork)
5. How would you deal with a colleague or supervisor if you don’t along well with them? (Teamwork)
6. What actions would you take if we are running short on staff and there is a sudden surge of customers? (Ability to work under stress)
7. Will you work here part-time or full-time? Will you have another job after you accept this? Do you go to school? (Flexibility)
8. How much money are you looking for from this position? (Motivation)
9. What do you do for fun? (Interests)
10. What can you tell us about our business? (Preparedness)