After sourcing candidates and screening resumes for experience and skills, the interviewing phase of the hiring process is key to assessing a candidate’s overall fit with the role, company culture, and long term vision of the organization.
To interview effectively, it is recommended that you use a range of interview questions that help to get a comprehensive view of the candidate’s character, past experiences, motivations and future goals.
The following interview techniques are common techniques employers use:
Straight forward questions that require defined, concise answers. Ideal for first round interviews and additional screening.
Example: What are your greatest strengths?
Questions that ask candidates to speak of past experiences. The idea here is that future success can be predicted by performance in past experiences.
Example: We have all had to work with someone who is difficult to get along with. Give us an example of when this happened to you and how you handled it.
“What if” scenarios that assess the candidate’s problem solving abilities in situations with competing priorities.
Example: If you found out a co-worker at your company was doing something fraudulent or against the law, what would you do?
To test a candidate’s problem solving abilities under pressure, you can ask a few brain teaser questions to determine his or her thinking style.
Example: How many times does a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
Proper preparation for interviews will help employers gain insight into a candidate’s fit for the role and organization, minimizing turnover and maximizing the effectiveness of bringing the best talent onto the team.
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