We all know the tried and true questions to ask job candidates, but if you’re looking to find out about the real person behind the resume, here are a few questions you should consider asking.
Five Great Questions for Job Candidates
1. Do you volunteer in the community?
While you can’t ask about specific groups, such as religious or ethnic organizations, the answer to this question can provide you with an understanding of the individual’s personal traits.
2. Share with me something you are passionate about.
Here look for a positive, energy-generating answer rather than a negative topic or complaint.
3. Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult personality.
See here not only how the individual handled the situation but whether or not she felt it was an imposition or an opportunity to interact with the person.
4. What weakness has had the greatest impact on your business and personal life?
Don’t let the candidate get away with the old, “Working too hard,” or similar ploy. Delve until you find that true weakness and consider if that might be a showstopper for this position.
5. What would you like to know about our company?
The level of questions that come out here should help you determine whether or not the individual has really researched your organization and is truly interested in becoming a part of it.