As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows good questions can reveal the true nature and intentions of a job candidate. But bad interview questions? Those typically result in hiring mistakes.
To help ensure you hire right, here are a few interview questions to ask every candidate:
1. Why do you want to work here?
There are two reasons to ask this question. First, it shows you how prepared a candidate is. If they offer an incredibly detailed answer with specifics about the company’s reputation and employment brand, then you know they did their homework. In addition, this question helps you gauge whether someone really wants to work for your company or just wants a job.
2. What areas were highlighted in your last performance review as needing to be improved?
This question is great to ask because it helps you get a true sense of the candidate’s weaknesses and assess how self aware they are of them. Plus it’s a question that can be easily verified with a phone call to their past boss.
3. Tell me about a time you had to work on a project that didn’t go as expected.
Regardless of the position you’re hiring for, obstacles and challenges will be a part of the new hire’s reality. Asking this question helps you gauge how well they deal when things don’t go as expected. More specifically, it will better help you assess their problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills.
4. What kind of work environment is ideal for you?
Sure, you need to hire the candidate with the right skills to get the job done. But if they don’t fit well within the culture and the operating environment at your company, then they’re not going to thrive.
So if you offer a more formal, conservative setting and a candidate describes a laid-back environment as their ideal, then you may want to think twice about hiring them.
5. Describe the perfect job.
Remember, a good hiring decision is about finding the person that fits. And if a candidate goes on to describe a job that in no way resembles what you can offer them, then it’s likely not a good fit. That doesn’t mean they are a bad candidate. It simply means they are not the right fit for you.
6. What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with?
If a candidate ticks off a litany of personality “types” they don’t care for, then it could be an indication that they’re actually part of the problem. Another reason for asking this question is to find out how a candidate deals with a difficult personality type, so you can ensure they have strong interpersonal and problem solving skills.
If you’d like to outsource the entire hiring process – interview and all – give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Lynchburg – and Central Virginia, we’ll learn about your company, your culture, and your key staffing pains. We’ll then get to work sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates so we can find the ones who are a great fit for you.