Top Interview Questions
Candidates are tired of being asked their strengths and weaknesses. And they are prepared to answer knowing what the interviewer wants to hear. There are also tricks to beat the assessment center. Platforms like Glassdoor allow for careful preparation. So why not offer the candidate the same courtesy as we expect them to offer? They should answer truthfully and spontaneously. So we should ask them serious and spontaneous questions.
First of all, we need to read their material before we meet because unless they need to demonstrate exceptional presentational skills, there is no point having them repeat what’s already written.
And consider what you would think when getting ask those typical questions: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Well, one level up but probably in a different company cause here, the position is filled and I will get a higher pay rise). Are you willing to relocate? (Obviously, cause otherwise I would not be here). Are you a team player? (Yes, if I need to be, but I care most about my family and kids).
Asking questions that get to the heart of what a candidate is truly like can help interviewers accurately assess who that candidate is and how they would fit into the organization. A question like “What organization/person do you most admire?” Will help to bring some insight into the candidates ideas about themselves and who they wish to be come.
Don’t be afraid to ask fun questions. Questions like “What would you name your autobiography?” Or “If you were a soup, what kind would you be?” will help to break the ice and relieve some tension. When the ice is broken the candidate will feel much more relaxed and open when answering questions, which will also help you to get a better idea of who they are.