Once your candidates find you, you’ll set up interviews to meet them in person. Ideally, this is done through an online application and scheduling platform to limit your workload. The online process also allows for reminders texts to be sent, which increases the chances of the prospective employees to show up for their interview.
Then, when you are sitting with them face to face, you’ll have the best opportunity to see if they are suited for the job.
In addition to the standard questions that provide you with the facts you want to know, there’s a set of questions you might be forgetting. These questions reveal people’s “soft skills” to consider.
- What is their personality like?
- How well do they work with others?
- Will they show up on time?
- Will they take initiative?
Those qualities are harder to ask specifically and get honest answers, so your questions need to flush them out in a more conversational manner.
- Tell me about something you were asked to do that you have never done before. How did you react, and what did you learn?
- What is one of your greatest life lessons?
- How did you handle an urgent problem when your supervisor or manager was away?
- Have you ever been in a situation where being honest landed you in trouble?
- Can you tell me about a time when you successfully dealt with an unhappy customer?
- What do you value in your teammates?
- What makes you excited to get up and come to work?
- Tell me about a time you messed up. This is one of the most popular interview questions that is a great test of humility and self-awareness.
- If you were a superhero, which one would you be and why? (This always shows me what type of person they are and what they value.)
And here’s one you’ve probably never considered before, but it is said to be one of the best tests of intelligence and communication skills and a way to gauge passion.
“Explain something to me in five minutes that is complicated, but you know well?”
One of the most important things to look for in a candidate is their communication skills. Can they express themselves clearly and confidently? Do they have good listening skills? Do they make sound decisions? Good communication is essential for any team to function well, so it’s important to hire someone who will be a good communicator.
Another important thing to look for is maturity. You want someone who will be able to handle the stress of the job and not let it get to them. They should also be able to take direction well and not take things personally. A mature candidate will be a good addition to any team.
These types of questions help you see their personality, work ethic, communication skills, and maturity. You want to find the right person who has the skills and personality that will fit well into your team. Sometimes, you must decide based on gut feeling, and there isn’t always a “right” answer.
For more great questions to ask when conducting interviews, see this blog post.