Interview questions — Finding the person behind the mask

What are your objectives when you conduct an interview? I’d suggest they might include taking a view on whether the candidate has the skills, knowledge, and abilities to do the job, to assess what they can bring to the role and the team, then to delve into their personality, their attitude, and values.

An interview is a relatively short space of time to really understand a candidate. And all candidates, to some degree or other, are wearing a mask. So it’s worth thinking carefully about your interview questions and coming up with some that will give you more of an insight into the real person.

Here are our suggestions to start you off:

Tell me about your story

When you’ve had a hard day, how do you get your motivation back?

Who is your biggest role model in life?

What do people get wrong about you?

How would you handle a teammate who isn’t pulling their weight on a task?

What is your biggest regret?

How do you help make your company money?

What do you not want to be doing in five years?

Tell me about a time when you failed at something?

Interviewing is an art rather than a science, and there will be times when you find you are wasting your time on candidates who are wrong for the role. But if you evolve your technique to use a mix of basic and behavioural questions, with the occasional curveball thrown in, you should end up with a more in-depth picture of the person in front of you.

Have you ever used any of these interview questions? Or do you have some favourites of your own? Do join in the conversation by commenting.

Originally published at https://www.proactive.it on May 24, 2021.

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