When you run a business, you know how important it is to find employees that complement your existing workforce and support your company’s goals. Behavorial interview questions are great, but sometimes asking questions a candidate has never heard before will help you get to the heart of their personality.
Here are five unique interview questions you can ask potential employees to help you determine how well they fit with your business.
Unique Interview Questions
1. If someone wrote a biography about your life, what would the title be?
Though this question may seem strange, the answer can tell you a lot about a potential employee. How does she draw her own narrative arc? Is he a hero or a victim?
2. If your former boss were asked to describe you, what would he say?
The answer to this question will not only give you an idea about your employee’s best qualities, but it will also show you how capable the candidate is of fair, critical self-evaluation, especially if you have spoken with his former employer.
3. Describe a situation that you should have handled differently.
Job candidates are happy to talk about their strengths, but they may have trouble discussing weaknesses. A question such as “What is your greatest weakness?” is easy to dodge. However, a candidate who can comfortably discuss a specific failure, can ponder how failure presents opportunity, and is able to come up a plan of action to avoid future mistakes shows a lot of promise.
4. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
When a candidate answers this question, she is actually telling you about her values. If the information meshes well with your company’s purpose, she is probably a good fit.
5. What are the most important values a company can possess?
The answer to this question will tell you whether the candidate’s ideals jibe with yours and your company’s. If the employee names the same values that are important to your business, he will fit in well. In many cases, the employee’s answer will also tell you about his own character traits.
Finding the right people to add your team is never easy. Artisan Talent can help – we build relationships with top-notch professionals we trust. Contact us today to learn what we can do for your company.
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