Interview questions that provide insight

interview imageI love to hire new employees. I enjoy the process of developing the job description of exactly what I want that person to do. I like reviewing as many applicants as possible so I can get a feel for who’s out there. When we get to the interviewing stage, I always ask questions that require an interviewee to show me that she/he is paying attention.

My goal is to hire a person who is eager to work specifically at my company. And I want to know that the person has done her/his homework before showing up for the interview.Some of my favorite interview questions that have given me great insight into a potential employee are below:

  • Tell me something you like/admire about my company.
  • Tell me something you would improve at this company if you were in a position to do so.
  • Tell me something you noticed on the way over here that made you feel good.
  • Tell me something you noticed on the way over here that bothered you.
  • Tell me something you see in the foyer or this interview room that you like.
  • Tell me something you see in the foyer or this interview room that you don’t like.

I once had an applicant tell me that he hated the picture hanging on my wall. Later, I asked my co-workers what they thought, and to a person, they didn’t like it either. I replaced it the next day.

–Barney

President, Business 360 Northwest


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