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16 May 2017 · by Laura Smith What Clients should ask Candidates in an Interview

So we have covered what candidates should do to prepare for interviews, but what about the people holding the interview?

How can you get the most out of the limited time available to ensure you find out if this is your next star employee?

Let’s jump straight in with some questions that would be relevant for any role to help find your ideal candidate:

  1. What do you know about [insert company name here]?

Every candidate will be prepped to research your company, if they are really serious about working with you, they will go the extra mile and know about the company mission, vision and how they think they would fit within your environment. Just reading the About Us page should be the bare minimum, or if they have trouble researching, they should at least ask some questions about anything they struggled to find.

  1. What attracted you to this role?

As well as company research, candidates should have studied the JD and what the role entails; this is their chance to say why they would be good in that role and why you should choose them.

  1. What is your biggest strength/weakness?

This is a really telling question – the candidate should be able to give a trait or skill and an example to show how they have had success with their strength, or how they have overcome a weakness. It may reveal what kind of working style they have and how they react to challenges. Top marks for candidates who can link their specific strength or weakness to skills highlighted in the job spec!

But what else?

From the above you should have a general idea about how well the candidate would do at the role and a bit about their experience, but to be able to compare candidates and make an informed decision, some competency based questions might be better suited, as well as similar questions to the below:

  • What has been the biggest challenge you have faced at work?
  • What is your greatest achievement so far in your career?
  • What type of people do you like to work with?
  • What kind of working environment do you like best?
  • What management style do you work best with?

We advise candidates to practice competency questions using the STAR technique, which should help them to construct an answer that shows exactly how they achieved a positive result from a challenge or project, this should in turn enable them to showcase their skills and how they would perform in your business.

For more advice on competency based questions why not download our guide.

And finally...

Avoid asking questions like the below… they are not likely to give you any insight to how the candidate will perform in a role, and they are inevitably wasting both of your time…

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • If you were an animal, what would you be?
  • Tell me about yourself (try something more like, tell me more about why you have chosen this career path)
  • Any questions that are over personal – avoid at all costs! These questions may be unethical and in some cases illegal!

For more advice on conducting interviews, why not get in touch with one of our consultants, to find your local Huntress office click here.

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