I’m not a fan of the text book interviewing questions. I don’t ask candidates about their strengths and weaknesses, I don’t ask them about a time when they had a disagreement with a boss. Those are canned questions and every candidate is likely prepared for them.
As a job seeker, I’m annoyed by those questions. I can answer them in my sleep. I know how to make a weakness sound like a strength and what story about a disagreement puts me in a good light. Every job seeker should be able to do this as well. That’s exactly why I don’t ask those questions. They are boring.
I like questions that will make a job seeker think. I ask candidates to “tell me something about your profession you would change and why” or to “tell me what you look for an ideal company.”
Yes, past behavior can be predictor of future behavior but let me ask you this, when do you know for certain that the past behavior a candidate has told you about is the honest truth? To quote House, “People lie.” Or, to better phrase that for our purposes, people stretch or have difference perceptions of the truth.
I find that having a conversation with a candidate about their work, not necessarily about their job, leads to a better understanding of the candidate. Asking questions that throw them off track a bit, something to rattle their brains around, is always fun too but just don’t go all Google on them.
So for those of you reading and thinking “preaching to choir here lady” I send my thanks. Thanks for doin’ it right.
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