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Recruiter Top 10: Overrated Interview Questions

Recruiter Top 10: Overrated Interview Questions
From Recruiter - January 20, 2017

1. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

It might work for some people, but I would personally never ask this. Whats the point? If youre asking the right questions, you should be able to work out a candidates strengths and weaknesses yourself.

Sat Sindhar, Managing Director, People

2. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

This question feels like a trap simply because if you sound too ambitious, it tells the employer that you wont be around for long, but if you dont sound ambitious enough, they might not hire you because they dont think youre motivated to do the job.

Besides, recruiters are asking the candidate to predict the future. In five years, I could have suffered severe injuries in a car accident and be unable to work. Your company could fold, which leaves me back at square one with having to find another job (and, by the way, Why did you leave your last job? The company went bankrupt. That doesnt sound so great if your job involves handling any aspect of the finances, even if its just the cash drawer, does it?).

Theres a lot that can happen in five years, and my answer will usually be what could happen if everything goes smoothly.

Heidi Hecht, Writer, Nothing in Particular Blog

3. How Many Windows Are There in Boston, and How Much Would You Charge to Clean Them? (And Other Brain Teasers)

This question is dumb. It has nothing to do with a candidates abilities, and instead, the interview becomes a test.

When we hire, we look for four things: Will the candidate be good? Will they be happy? Will they work well with their peers? Will they work well with our clients?

This question actually prevented us from hiring someone who would have been the perfect fit for a relationship-building role, and we have since canned it.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Owner/Realtor, Raleigh Realty

4. What Was Your GPA in Your Major? (or Any Question That Leans Heavily on a Candidates GPA)

At Koru, we found that you can obtain the best insights into a candidates success when academic experience, like GPA, is combined with a candidates strengths. We call these strengths the Koru7 Impact Skillsgrit, rigor, impact, teamwork, curiosity, polish, and ownership. Data shows that a focus on grit over grades will better determine and predict a candidates long-term success, resulting in a 30-60 percent increase in volume of diverse, top-performing hires, according to our 2016 Koru Predictive Hiring Index Report.

Kristen Hamilton, Cofounder and CEO, Koru

5. Do You Have Any Questions?

I feel like this question forces potential candidates to ask questions that dont really further the conversation. A good interview is a back-and-forth conversation with questions from both sides naturally being asked.

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