ASKING THE RIGHT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
So what questions should a good interviewer ask candidates? In short, the aim of every successful interview can be neatly summed up in just three points: How would the candidate fit into the organisation and existing workforce? Do the skills on their CV match the requirements of the job? And have they convinced you that they have the enthusiasm and energy to make the job a success?
The following key strategies Asking the Right Interview Questions will help to give you a clear picture of the candidate’s ambition, their attitude, hunger for the job, and understanding of your business and marketplace:
So why have they applied for the job in the first place? A motivated candidate will be able to state clearly why they want the position. If they are simply going through the motions, this will quickly become obvious and you can move on to a more passionate applicant.
This question also allows a clever candidate to flag up the skills and experience they can bring to the organisation and how they can be an asset to the team.
Can they tell you about their problem-solving abilities and give examples of how they overcame adversity at work? The candidate you are looking for will have no problem admitting to difficulties in the past and if they have done their homework they will have examples prepared. Nevertheless, this question and the response is a chance to judge adaptability, flexibility and temperament and judge how it can benefit your business.
Turn the tables and challenge the candidate to give you some advice by asking for their insight into the business. All candidates should have planned ahead and prepared to impress by learning the basics about their potential new employer. But you can sift out those who have just skimmed the website for the most basic details and reveal those who have cared enough to delve deeper and can offer options and analysis.
A candidate who can offer a strategy for improvement at an interview is likely to be able to use that tact to good advantage at work too and it’s always useful to get an outsider’s perspective. It will show they are thinking beyond just their job and looking to make a wider impact, with a real passion for the sector or industry.
So where do you think our profession will be in five years’ time? It’s an oldie but a goldie and a great indicator of someone who can innovate and appreciate the potential benefits – and indeed possible hazards of the internet and new technology. Their take on the possibilities and pitfalls will demonstrate the depth of their knowledge of the business.
ASKING THE RIGHT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
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Kathryn has been excellent. She listened to my recruitment needs and sent through suitable candidates. If Kathryn said she will do something she will do it. Out of all the recruitment companies I have worked with Kathryn is certainly the most knowledgeable and professional. Will certainly use her again.
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I've known Josh for many years and he's a pleasure to do business with, his professionalism and hunger are an awesome combination. He has a fantastic drive and desire to succeed and is destined for great things. You can't teach what he has, a natural businessman with entrepreneurial flair.
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JOHN LIPPER MNAEA MARLAFOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR AT MADISON BROOK INTERNATIONAL
We have sourced a number of candidates through Liam and we are delighted with the service his office provides. The candidates he puts forward for interview are always of a strong nature, he is pragmatic with his advice and generally it has been great working with him and his team.
DONALD COLLINSDIRECTOR GO VIEW LONDON
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I wanted to say thank you for the excellent work Vicky has carried out for me and the company since we first made contact at the beginning of 2016. Vicky has always been a pleasure to deal with – bright and engaging, yet very professional. I have given her very precise details when it comes to the type of candidate we have been looking for each role, and she has listened very well to my requirements. Vicky has always matched her candidates to my requirements, which I appreciate. I specifically asked not to be inundated with candidate after candidate as I expected her to pick out the good candidates for me. Again, She has done this very well and only sent me the calibre of candidates I want and expect. In one particular instance Vicky sent me a candidate who she passionately believed was right for the role we had available, even though she did not exactly fit the criteria I had given. Due to our previous dealings I trusted your judgement, which proved to absolutely correct because we ended up employing the candidate as she was at the high standard we require. Vicky’s judgement was absolutely right. I would highly recommend Vicky and her team to anyone considering using your services and look forward to you introducing more successful candidates to us in the future.
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