These days, whenever you post an open position on the Internet, countless people reply. Many of these people are eligible candidates for the job, so you call them in for an interview. But how do you dig through them and find the truly impressive and enthusiastic people? Since the interview is basically all you can go on, your interview questions are essential.
If you hold the conventional job interview, asking the same dull questions, chances are you won’t be able to tell the top candidates from the so-so ones. That’s why it is critical to craft a unique job interview strategy.
Ask the Right Questions
Rather then asking people what their former positions were, ask them how they positively impacted their positions at their previous employers. Did they create any processes that increased efficiency? Did they help their employers cut costs, if so, how?
One of the most typical things to ask a candidate concerns their strengths and weaknesses. Try to avoid asking them to list these; most of us have predetermined answers. Instead ask them what they bring to the culture of a company, or ask them what they do to make their job more satisfying. The answers you get to these sorts of questions will help you gauge the actual inventiveness of the person you are evaluating.
If you truly are interested in which of your candidates are the most creative, give them a simple task to perform. It doesn’t have to be complicated; you can ask them to write an essay describing how they would approach their job if hired. You could ask them to jot down their ideas on what their perfect workspace would look like. Ask them to think of new names for company services or products. Basically, ask them anything that will get their creative juices flowing.
Today’s job market is such that it’s probable that many skilled people will apply to your open position. So, in order to sift through these applicants and find the most creative and inventive individuals, change your interview tactics to hone in on these traits.