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What offbeat questions should you ask your creative candidates?

Written by Guest Author | July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
All helpingA lot of work goes into a new hire – the initial research to determine the skills and experience that you require, the writing of the job advert, the investment in recruitment software… but not everything about this whole process is cold, worthy and dull.
After all, you’re hiring a human being, not an automaton, which inevitably means that you will need to get under your candidates’ skins from time to time.
Just think of the quirkier aspects of your candidates. The Star Wars memorabilia collecting. The wacky jewellery they wear. The secret membership of a naturist club. These things all make a person interesting, and particularly when your firm is in a creative field such as art, design, marketing or fashion, that can make them very interesting people to work with, too.

‘Quirkiness’ is worth finding out about

But of course, this might beg the question… why does quirkiness matter at all? Isn’t it just about the ability to do the job – the past achievements, skills and experiences on their CV?
Sure, those things are all mightily important. But uncovering a person’s quirkiness can tell you something about them that a restrained CV or jangling interview room nerves might not. It can give you an insight into the person’s entire approach to life.
That’s more important than you think if you are a creative hiring manager, as a person’s approach to life tends to have much in common with their approach to a job.
Bear in mind that creative environments, in particular, are all about quirkiness. In some ways, it really can be a case of the quirkier, the better.

Just a few questions that you might ask

The interview is a great time and place to discover some of this quirkiness. It’s why outside-the-box interview questions – such as “Which is your favourite Power Ranger?” and “If you were a dessert, what would you be?” – aren’t necessarily the waste of time that some would have you believe.
After all, how could you not learn something from such interview posers as “What’s your favourite inspirational quote?” or “Where’s your favourite place in the world?”
At the very least, you will certainly get a smile and perhaps a laugh. Equally likely, though, is that you will gain a better understanding of the candidate’s ability to think on their feet, their imagination and creativity and how seriously they take themselves.
The opportunity to develop an appreciation of things like these – especially in a creative candidate – can surely never be a waste of time!

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