What are the tops questions to ask when hiring a new employee?
It's easy to determine someone's experience, but how do you determine whether someone will fit into your culture? What are some good questions to ask?
I like to ask If money were not an issue what career would you choose. It tells me a lot about their motivations and character.
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It's important to visit more then once with a potential employee. People tend to put their best foot forward and hold back when interviewing. Make the second interview more casual to encourage the people to loosen up and show their real self, then you can see if they fit your culture.
Ask the people what they would do in real situations, exactly what they would do. You want them to talk as much as they like, encourage more to get to know them.
What are your goals?
This would help you assess if the candidate is capable and confident
as well as how dedicated he could be with your company ...
these could give you an idea of his adaptability, too.
I totally agree with David Cohen.... you have to use strategic interviewing tactics in order to gather information that will ensure they the strong team player, contributor, and results oriented individual you are looking for.
Open ended questions, scenario based, and behavioral questions are effective in really understanding the person and the qualities they possess.
Some companies expect that the people they hire will provide them a return on the investment they make on that person, i.e. if they make $100,000, they should be contributing to the results of the company X times their salary.
You can ask questions pertaining to how they will drive quantifiable results into the company to achieve this.
Rule one of building a successful team is not necessarily to hire the best qualified person, but the person who have the skills and the chemistry with the team. I would based on my previous experience running teams up to 70 people say that I most of the time moved out of my office and worked with the team.
That was the only way to understand the team and how they function together. At the same time I gathered all the information I could about my team, what sport they like, hobbies, if they have kids etc.
So I would say that there is your start, if you know the finer mechanics of your team you should not have any problems finding the person that would fit in.
Having a very good Team Lead that should join you in a interview who can give you feedback on what they think. There is right or wrong questions in an interview, I assume that when you have a person in for an interview you know he/she have the technical skills the job require.
So, get them talking, the best teams I have ever built has been using the interview as a conversation, get a feel for their social skills etc.
And throw in some typical interview questions to see how fast they can switch. Get them relaxed, and you will know how they will fit in.
It is very simple really, you can have the best ppl in the world, but if they cannot work together.. it will end bad. It is also proven that people stay longer and have loyalty towards the team and the company stay longer and have a lot less sick days.
There is a reason that some of the top companies in the world have what you would call the strangest "interviews" that actually do not feel like an interview.
What is the most important thing you do when you first arrive in the morning? This will indicate their priorities and give a good steer as to what they feel is the most important task required to kick start their day in the role they are applying for, giving you an idea of their values and whether they tie-in with you and your company.
"What would your friends say about you?" The answer would require a true search for words, and honesty, which would get the subject to reflect on his or her feet quite fast. The answers would reveal a lot, with unexpected surprises no doubt.
Why do you want to work for this company? What do you hope to achieve as the possible successful candidate? And based on their answer - how do you intend to do that?