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As interviewers, it can be easy to get stuck in the ‘status quo’ of interviewing; asking standard questions to candidates and barely scratching the surface. So, how can we better engage a candidate in conversation and identify top talent? Given the current economy and job market, there are often many people with the skills that you are looking for, but we need to be sure that you are hiring the right person. Asking basic questions only gets you so far, as candidates have likely anticipated many of these and have come with prepared responses. To attract and qualify top candidates, you need to go outside of the typical outline and ask open-ended, thought-provoking questions. To get an authentic impression of a candidate, it can be useful to have a few compelling and unique questions up your sleeve.
As a national firm, we work with many different industries across the country and we have had the opportunity to speak with thousands of candidates. Part of our role as the interviewer and the search firm is to capture the personality of the candidates we interview and hire for fit. We asked our colleagues across the country what some of their favourite questions are and compiled a great cheat sheet that you can use to keep your interviews fresh and atypical.
What is your favourite interview question to ask?