Written by Sophie Down | May 11, 2015
Using the most suitable recruitment software will certainly help to get the right candidates into your interview room, but what questions do you ask once they’re there?
There are so many interview questions that continue to be asked by well-meaning HR staff, despite them being shown to reveal little about a candidate that is relevant to the actual vacancy.
Here are the three questions that we reckon are the most important to a successful interview.
1. “Tell me about yourself”
This may seem like the kind of question that people give rehearsed answers to, but in all fairness, it’s a great way of learning whether the candidate has properly researched your company.
Yes, that’s right – you aren’t asking this question to find out that much about their personal life, but instead about what makes them tick, and how this would make them a good fit for your firm.
This question reveals a lot about a candidate’s confidence.
2. “Tell me about when you failed to achieve a goal”
This question isn’t really about what the interviewee failed at, or even their reasons for doing so. It’s a more insightful alternative to “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, as it helps to show how the candidate analyses their own failures.
Has the person demonstrated that they have learned from the failure? Can they, without prompting, talk about what they have changed or would change in the future in response?
If so, you might just have a brilliant candidate on your hands.
3. “Tell me about when you succeeded at a tricky task”
How does the candidate take on tough challenges? Do they take on such challenges at all? What do they consider to be a challenge? How do they handle the different components of such a challenge? These are just some of the things that you can learn from this question.
A sound alternative to “Tell me why I should hire you”, this question is good for learning what things the person may struggle with – meeting deadlines? Handling people? Managing restricted resources?
It’ll assist you in gauging how the person takes on challenges, and what their biggest weaknesses are.
Great interview questions so often reveal something about the candidate by being something that they don’t appear to be on the surface. If you want to ‘read between the lines’ about a candidate, whether or not you are using recruitment software, these are brilliant questions to ask.