7 Brilliant Interview Questions Used by the Pros

7 Brilliant Interview Questions Used by the Pros
From Recruiter - July 13, 2016

The perfect candidate is elusive possibly even a total fiction but that doesnt stop us from trying to find themwhich is probably why 95 percent of companies make hiring mistakes every year that cost them tens of thousands of dollars.

According to research from Brandon Hall Group, 69 percent of companies believe a flawed interview process has the biggest impact on the quality of new hires. Perhaps that is whytraditional interview questions like What are your biggest strengths? and Where do you see yourself in five years? are being phased out, and creative, thought-provoking alternatives are taking their places.

But how do you know which interview questions willhelp youfind the best candidates and avoid bad hires?

We looked tothe opinions of some of todays most successful leaders to bring you seven unique interview questionsthat will help youidentify the best and avoid the rest:

1. What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career to date?

Recruiting expert Lou Adler believes this is the only interview question that really matters. This unique question invites the candidate to share a positive experience honestly, and it opens a world of opportunity for the interviewer to dive deeper into the candidates personality and experience by asking follow-up questions about the candidates thought process, technical skills, and results of the project.

2. Tell me something thats true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel always asks this question in interviews.His intention is to elicit an honest response in an uncomfortable context. Transparency is king for companies today, and this questionthrows that transparency right back at the candidate (in a good way).

If you are going to ask this question, we recommend telling candidates ahead of time, perhaps on your careers page or during anintroductory email.

3. Why shouldnt I hire you?

Jay Gould, CEO and founder of Yashi, believes this question helps to assess a candidates cultural fit and gives the interviewer a chance to catch a glimpse of the candidates true character.

As Gould explained to Fast Company, How [candidates]answer the question is just as, if not more, important than the answer itself.

The negative context of the question forces candidates to reveal their integrity (or lack thereof), which is the cornerstone of a strong work ethic. While this can be a risky question, it underscores the importance of helping candidates self-select out of your process when they dont quite fit.

4. What have you done professionally that youve succeeded at, but isnt an experience youd want to repeat?

Hubspot V.P. of Global Customer SupportMichael Redborduses this unique question to get a peek at candidateswork values and thought processes. The point of this question is to elicit an emotional response from the candidate, but also give them the chance to explain the logic behind their feelings.


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