Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Five Interview Questions We Should Ask

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Business Basics (34)      Managing Staff (15)      HR (9)     

Job Application Form
Image courtesy of phasinphoto / freedigitalphotos.net

As an employer, hiring new staff can be a real gamble. We don’t have much of an opportunity to get to know the person who could eventually become a regular and integral part of our team. The interview process is generally quite formal and restricted to a specific set of questions. We tend to focus mostly on the person’s work skills and prior work history. The candidate has researched and rehearsed in preparation for the questions to come. They craft their answers around what we as employers want to hear.

But what if we were to throw in a few unexpected questions? What kind of response could we expect?

Here are five tricky questions all employers should consider asking:

1. If we were to ask your previous co-workers what you are like to work with, what would they say?

This one would pose a dilemma to a candidate. If they tell you that they got along well with all of their previous co-workers they run the risk of sounding insincere. Yet they may be reluctant to tell you otherwise in case it makes a negative impression.

Job Application Form
Image courtesy of ambro / freedigitalphotos.net

2. If you thought your manager had made a serious error of judgement what would you do?

Another tricky one. Would they hold their tongue and not question their superior? Would they raise the issue directly with the manager, or discuss it among co-workers? Would they report it to a higher authority? Hmm…

3. In which order of priority would you place the following things?
- Job satisfaction
- Family
- Money
- Health
- Career Advancement

This one is a challenge because most of us want a healthy, happy worker who knows how to maintain a good work/life balance, but some applicants might place the job or the money first, thinking that it’s what we want to hear.

Signing Employment Contract
Image courtesy of ambro / freedigitalphotos.net

4. If you weren't in this particular line of work, what would you be doing?

The way a candidate responds to this may tell you where their heart really lies. Is this really the job for them? Is there something else they would rather be doing and will it affect their dedication to the job?

5. If you were the manager of this company, what direction would you take in the future?

The candidate can’t possibly know what’s in your head as far as your vision for the company’s future direction. Their answer to this question could give you a clear impression of their level of ambition – and what they really think of where your company is right now.

Whatever questions we ask, we have to rely on a combination of the candidate’s sincerity and our own judgement. No-one can know how well a person will perform or how easily they will fit with the team. Providing that we ask the best questions we can, all we can do is work on a process of elimination and trust our instincts.

#Business Basics
#Managing Staff
I like this Article - 4
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
We hear so many stories about ‘what went on at the office Christmas party,’ but I wonder how man...
I recently attended a three-day state conference along with around forty other people
As an employer recruiting new staff, we want to learn as much about potential candidates as possib...
Here are a couple of tricky questions for you… Should you give Christmas gifts to work colleagu...
When employers and employees work together every day it’s important to create a team environment...
Let me tell you a story… There once was a company manager who was very good at most aspects of ...
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
I would spend more time outdoors if the weather was always perfect and there was no chance of wi...
Exercise is a huge part of feeling healthy because, among other things, it’s how our body releases e...
ID: 26134
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Australia is fortunate enough to be a part of one of the fastest-growing and innovative economic...
1 like
When starting a business, it is hard to gain exposure, which is essential to make money
Many people who have worked for larger corporations revel in the idea of starting a small business
So, you want to run your own business but you fear giving up that “perfect” job that keeps the bills...
There is a new “buzz” in the air – having a business that costs next to nothing to set up, working m...
Rina Chia is the %%'Business Boss'%% behind Take 2 Markets, an innovative concept giving ladies the ...
Whether your business website sells a product or service or is simply an online space which explains...
Many people dream of being their own boss, having the flexibility to work whenever and wherever they...
1 like
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have no doubt heard people talk about "Social Media"
Kate Iselin, a female entrepreneur with a flair for fashion, design, feminism and current affairs, s...
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version