When you sift through the possible candidates for the job you are hiring for, you want to find the super stars. You would like to find the most imaginative, enthusiastic, and motivated people you can. But you are only able to discover who fits the bill through an interview. And if you don’t ask the correct questions you may misjudge your prospects.
It’s crucial that you create a job interview strategy that pin points what you’re looking for in an employee. If you ask the same cookie cutter questions that everyone else does, you are likely to get cookie cutter answers.
Ask the Right Questions
Start by asking the right questions. Don’t ask prospects what their job titles were at past positions. Don’t ask them what their responsibilities were. Instead, ask them to list any imaginative ideas that they created for their previous employers. Ask them if these ideas helped their employers earn more money, run more effectively, or cut back on expenses.
Another prevalent interview question is to ask about the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Almost everyone has a canned answer to this, as they know it might be asked in an interview. Instead ask them to tell you the things they add to the culture of a company, what do they do in tense situations, or what are some ways they keep themselves satisfied at their jobs. These answers will clue you in to the personality of the person you are interviewing, and if they will fit in with your organization and the position.
If you truly are interested in which of your candidates are the most innovative, give them a simple task to perform. It does not have to be complex; you can ask them to write an essay detailing how they would approach their job if hired. You could ask them to write down their ideas on what their ideal workspace would look like. Ask them to think of new names for company services or products. Basically, ask them anything that will get their creative juices flowing.
In today’s marketplace, employers have the benefit of choosing amongst many qualified people. So in order to pick the very best, they need to change the types of questions they ask in job interviews.