The standard interview questions; what are your strengths? weaknesses? etc. usually have candidates reeling off their practiced or researched answers like robots.
Your standard (boring) interview questions are not going to help you determine the best person for the role or the best personality fit for your company.
However, a well formatted and structured interview can be a fantastic way to get to know someone a little better and make an informed decision about whether that person is the right person for your business.
Competency-based interview questions are helpful in determining whether a candidate is right for the role.
To really get to know a candidate’s personality, it’s a great idea to also incorporate some different ‘off the wall’ type questions.
Using some slightly abstract questions will allow you to really understand the candidate’s ability to think on their feet, their thought pattern and problem-solving skills. You are, of course, looking for someone that handles this type of situation in an un-flustered, calm and confident way.
Some of the world’s biggest brands such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are well known for their weird and wacky interview questions that challenge how candidates act under pressure and are also known for their long drawn out hiring process. This results in them learning more about the candidate during the interviews and leads to them making hiring choices that are right for the role in question and for the business.
As an entrepreneur, owner of a small business or one of the co-founders, you simply don’t have time to indulge in endless interviews and long hiring processes.
We know you need to make an informed decision quickly, so we have put together our top 5 interview questions used by some of the big brands to help you get the most out of your interviews in as little time as possible.
Use this question to determine the candidate’s areas of strength and to tell you more about what they like to do. A candidate answering this question will tell you what they view as an accomplishment and what’s important to them, in turn, telling you a great deal about their personality.
If they are interviewing for a support role, they could answer this question based on feeling like they have supported their team to achieve their goals.
If they enjoy working to deadlines and work well under pressure, they may say that the best day would be when they meet or exceed their targets.
If the candidate thrives on problem solving, they may say that the best day would be when they’ve been faced with a problem and managed to solve it.
This question is a fantastic way of finding out how much research this candidate has done prior to the interview and how interested they are in working with you.
The candidate should be able to share knowledge gained from their research and talk about how they believe they can make a positive contribution towards the success of the company.
It’s important to hire people into your business that are as passionate about your mission and values as you are.
This will tell you what kind of situation the person deems as stressful. The candidate should be able to clearly explain what happened and demonstrate how they then dealt with that situation.
This question will give you valuable insight into the way this person perceives stress and how they handle stressful situations.
A toaster can be tested by simply trying to toast some bread. A very simple answer using common sense.
This question is used to help you understand a candidate’s way of thinking and whether they use common sense to simplify the answer or make it much more complicated than it needs to be.
Obviously, this is a bit of a curve ball question that could be used to ascertain how a person would approach answering this question.
They are highly unlikely to know the number of windows there are in London, but they should be able to answer logically with a price per window. Their approach to this question will tell you a great deal about the thought process and immediate reaction to a surprising question or situation.
There are no right or wrong answers to these types of questions, what you are looking for in the answers is how quickly a person can think on their feet and approach a potentially difficult question or situation and the way they structure their answers. When faced with a random question, a candidate will usually show more of their personality in their answers allowing you to get to know them better in the small amount of time you have together.