The interview process: how to know if an applicant has what it takes
So, you’re in a room, sitting face to face with an applicant. You’ve established that they know how to do the job and feel confident they have the skills to do it well. What now? How can you tell if they are the right sort of person? There is no real formula for this. Based on your business’ particular values, you will likely need to employ different strategies.
However, here are a few examples of the sorts of questions you might use to tease out some responses that will help you get a feel for the applicant’s values. For these examples, we’ve chosen to focus on three of our own values: Curiosity, Passion and Integrity.
Question: What motivates you to get up and come to work every morning? Value we’re looking for: Curiosity. We want to employ people who love looking at ways to improve themselves, our business and the businesses of our clients.
Question: Tell me about a time when you made a terrible mistake at one of your previous jobs. Value we’re looking for: Integrity. We know that people are not perfect and mistakes happen. What we don’t want is someone who can’t own up to those mistakes and take responsibility for them. Ideally, our applicant understands this and takes this opportunity to demonstrate that without twisting their answer into a humble brag.
Question: What do you do outside of work to stay up to date with what’s going on in (insert role here).
Value we’re looking for: Passion & Curiosity. We use this one when we’re hiring skilled people who need to stay up to date with new developments. Actions speak louder than words, so we’re after examples of personal projects that demonstrate a real passion for their craft.
Question: Who is a famous person you admire and why? Value we’re looking for: Passion, Curiosity & Integrity. Why are they inspired by this person? You can tell a lot about someone’s motivations using this question. At Collaboration we want driven individuals, but we want them to be driven by integrity and the will to produce high quality work.
We hope this information helps you hire your own superhero team, but if you need a helping hand, contact us to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with our HR specialist.