As top Phoenix recruiters, PrideStaff knows when it comes to interviewing candidates, it can be tricky to get behind the mask of a job candidate. A candidate could be a good choice for your job opening…or they could just be really adept at interviewing. While it’s hard to tell, it is possible. To help you in the process, here are the kinds of questions to ask:
Questions about former bosses and colleagues.
When you ask a candidate to tell you about their relationships with past bosses and former colleagues, most will try to paint situations in the best possible light. However, if you ask: “If I called your old manager right now, what would they say about you?,” you’re going to get a much more honest answer. As a result, you’ll gain a clearer sense of who a candidate is and whether they’re the right fit for the job.
Behavioral based question.
It’s ok to ask questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “what’s your biggest strength?” as icebreakers. But you need specific details to make the best hiring decision. So dig deeper by asking behavioral based interview questions. These are the kinds of questions that prompt a job candidate to give you specific examples of how they performed or handled certain work situations. Some examples include: “Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and how you handled the situation,” and “What accomplishment are you most proud of?”
Follow up questions.
When you ask a candidate a question during the job interview, many times their initial response is going to be rehearsed or canned. To get below the surface, ask follow up questions. These include questions like: “Tell me more,” “Can you give me more detail?” or “What do you mean by A, B and C?” When you ask these kinds of follow up questions, you’re much more likely to get the information you need about the true nature of a candidate.
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