As someone who will soon be interviewing candidates I was happy to get some pointers on the types of questions to ask people. As an interviewee I always wondered, what are these people really trying to find out about me? And I have to say it’s tough to really understand what a position is truly about without being in said position and environment. You may assume one thing, but are shocked to be confronted with a completely different aspect of a job. Or better yet, you may see a dozen “essential skills” listed but know you only have three of them and are solid in all three and are pleasantly surprised when you get the job.
So, rambling aside, here are some questions I stumbled upon that I think might get to the meat of a candidate:
1. “How did you find out about the job? Job boards, general postings, online listings, job fairs–most people find their first few jobs that way, so that’s certainly not a red flag. But a candidate who continues to find each successive job from general postings probably hasn’t figured out what he or she wants to do–and where he or she would like to do it. He or she is just looking for a job; often, any job…On the flip side, being pulled in is like a great reference–without the letter.”
2. “Why did you leave? ‘It’s a quick way to get to get to the heart of a candidate’s sense of teamwork and responsibility,” Younger says. “Some people never take ownership and always see problems as someone else’s problem. And some candidates have consistently had problems with their bosses–which means they’ll also have issues with you.'”
***The above questions were pulled from an Inc. article titled 3 Interview Questions You Must Ask, but I encourage you to take a look at another article titled 4 Vital Interview Questions to Ask. This last one come with warning signs to look out for!
Good luck and…what did you do today?