Tough interview questions are meant to challenge the candidate’s thought process, they are very revealing of their ability to think on their feet and how they view their role in the work place. Asking the right questions is often not an easy task. It’s important to prepare in advance because as the hiring process wears on, you will be able to fine tune your questions, evaluate and modify the questions that you think are valuable. As a small business owner, here are 5 questions you should be asking candidates at job interviews.
- How do you view the company evolving in two years and how to see yourself contributing to that evolution? This question is three pronged. First, it tests whether the candidate has done his/her homework. Second, it will allow you to gauge the candidate’s knowledge about the marketplace and economic climate in general. And third, the question seeks to find the leadership qualities in the candidate.
- Why have you had that particular number of jobs in your professional past? Apart from learning the facts about the candidate’s professional history, it also shows you their reasoning process and what motivates them in a job. This question is not meant to startle candidates, although it might have that effect and they might get on the defensive. In such a case, it will give you an idea of how they respond when challenged.
- How will you analyse old solutions to the industry and tell us why it is no longer prevalent?
This question is crucial in getting to know the resident knowledge that candidates have about today’s new technology solutions, and why they are superior to older technology solutions. The answer you hear, will speak volumes about the candidate’s creativity and thinking process
- What according to you are the daily activities and challenges you will face in this role? This question is very revealing of whether the candidate is truly serious about this job or not. It requires some dexterity on the part of the candidate, to talk about challenges and yet position themselves as a perfect fit for the role. Again, this is a high pressure question, and it will give you an idea of how the candidate handles tense situations.
- Has a manager or supervisor you worked under, ever contradicted a work decision and how did you respond? As an employer, you need to find out whether an employee will stick his/her ground and how principled they are in their thought process. It will give you an indication if they are willing to figh for a point of view or professional decision. The point here is not to analyse the worth of their point of view, but how well they fought their case
As an employer, it is a good idea to prepare a set of questions to ask candidates at a job interview. Preparation enables you to articulate your thoughts better and craft questions around the qualities you seek in a candidate.