We get asked, frequently, what are the best interview questions to ask candidates. This topic is especially interesting to me right now as I’m on the other side of that question this week as my daughter, Melody, graduates soon from Virginia Tech and is sending out her resume. I’ve been coaching her on the best ways to approach answering the questions she’ll probably be asked.
In a recent interview with Harvard Business Review about their new book, How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg discuss the hiring practices at Google and why they work. Assessments are good to reveal competencies and talent, which is the science of good hiring practices, as long as you also are skilled at asking great questions during the interview process. It’s a good listen if you have about 15 minutes , just click HERE.
In a previous Launch List I posted some interview questions to determine which leadership abilities a candidate possesses.
Here’s the Top 10 Interview Questions according to About.com:
- What is your biggest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Describe a difficult work situation/project and how you overcame it.
- How do you evaluate success?
- Why are you leaving or have left your job?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your goals for the future?
- Tell me about yourself?
In the article, it also gives you the best answers to these questions.
Forbes suggests that the best interview question you can ask to determine if someone will have a passion for your organization and it’s mission is:
When in your life have you been so passionately focused on an activity that you lost track of time and what were you doing?
Another one you might consider that my friend, Ken Cronin, uses is:
Is there anything in your background that you would like to discuss now
before I (we) found out about it later?
Careerbuilder.com suggests a few that might be helpful:
- How would your best friend describe you?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What is your typical way of dealing with conflict?
- What tools or habits do you use to keep organized?
- Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond to get a job done.
- In what ways do you raise the bar for yourself and others around you?
- What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates?
If you are new to hiring or would like to improve your results in this area, CLICK HERE for a complete guide of information from Monster.com.
At Cortex Leadership Consulting we provide a host of great assessments that can help you understand the behavioral style and what motivates an employee, along with how someone might work within your team environment. We also have a brand new Management assessment that will show you the leadership, presentation, futuristic thinking, and a host of other abilities for your team members or potential one.