Some of The Most Effective Interview Questions I Use

  • How clear are they in their minds about why they’re in this interview? Sometimes, but luckily not too often, I have been surprised at the lack of clarity and reasonable arguments provided as an answer.
  • How good is the candidate at conveying something that can be very intangible, vague and personal in such a way that it’s easy for someone else to understand? No matter what role people have in an organisation, their ability to communicate clearly and be understood is a key skill that is required at every level.
  • What are their values? Are they interested in new challenges? More responsibilities? Money? Understanding what drives people is key to be able to gauge whether or not they would be a good fit in the team and in the organisation.
  • Are the moving towards something, or are they running away from something else? In itself this data point is not providing a positive or negative connotation to the following conversation. If this first answer is the first clue in a pattern that emerges throughout the conversation that tells you the candidate has a tendency of “running away” from something they’re not happy with on a regular basis, you might want to pay extra attention.
  • Obviously, the ability to listen and handle feedback constructively and take action upon it. Don’t take it for granted, not everyone is great at this
  • The candidate’s honesty and ability to show vulnerability: the could decide to mention something very marginal — some does — or to reveal something that had a huge impact for them and required a lot of energy and personal improvement to accept, overcome and even talk about in the interview

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