Our first question is "Based on what you know about our firm and the role in which you are applying for, what is your strongest skill or quality that you could bring to the table that will help us move forward tomorrow." --That tells us(in terms of first impressions)
1- Have they done their research on our company/role?
2- Do they know their strongest asset/skill?
3- How well can the sell themselves, more specifically their skills?
4- How can we rate their professional self-confidence?
From there we obtain a broad sense of where this candidate stands which will not send us any shockers as we move through the rest of the more detailed interview questions.
Hope this helps
Would you say you are either.... "Fiery and passionate" or "Cold and calculated"??
Sit back and see how creatively they try to tell that they are both.
I like asking them what their top 3 movies or music are... you can tell a lot about a person from these choices.
I like to ask what they enjoy doing in their off time. Since you spend more waking hours with colleagues than family and friends it helps to know what they enjoy doing outside of work. Gives you an idea of what makes them tick and whether you have common ground (and potentially see eye-to-eye).
If I were you and you were asking the interview questions, what would you ask to find out if you are right for this position? Allow them complete freedom in the answer, you'll be amazed at what people come up with. Some will challenge themselves with tough questions, some ask themselves totally lame questions, that's clear they are serious about the job they just want to look good at that moment. Some will display incredible insight into what you are looking for in an employee and masterfully ask a question to demonstrate they have that skill set. That's your keeper! If they can think on their feet with grace under pressure grab them fast and pay them well!
What was your most significant professional accomplishment?
Tell me about it in detail and keep asking for more and more detail to get insight into work ethic.
Thought v. fact questions. Thought questions, those without simple 'Yes'/'No' or fact statement responses tell me much more abouty how the interviewee thinks and processes information. Thought questions also give me a sense of the person's level of creativity, resourcefulness and innovative ability. As the focus of my consulting is Strategy and Open Innovation, I am concerned with the person's critical thinking skills. Can they only parrot facts, information or case studies that they learned in school or on the job or can they truly think through scenarios in order to identify which solutions will be optimal.
I prefer to have a dialog with every candidate and get to know who they are. i want to know what drives them to get out of bed everyday