As recruiters, we try our best to help our candidates prepare for every interview. We explain the importance of researching before an interview. Research the company but research why you believe your skill sets would be beneficial for the company! Read below the obvious questions of an interview and what they really mean.
Who inspires you and why?
The job candidate’s answer often gives the interviewer a peek into who the interviewee models him or herself after. The response can also highlight the sorts of behavioral patterns the interviewee respects.
If you were starting a company tomorrow, what would be its top three values?
Every good relationship starts with trust and aligned values. Insight into a person’s priorities — as well as honesty and integrity — can emerge in the candidate’s answers.
If business priorities change, describe how you would help your team understand and carry out the shifted goals?
Shifting priorities happen in every company, and every job, so look for candidates who are flexible and possess the skills to help carry out change. Hire employees who are self-aware, motivated and display empathy. These skills will help employees better work in teams.
Did you build lasting friendships while working at another job?
It takes a while for people to build relationships — and being able to do so is a sign of solid emotional intelligence. A lasting friendship tells you that relationships and caring about people are important to the person.
What skill or expertise do you feel like you’re still missing?
Curiosity and the desire to learn are vital signs that a prospective employee wants to get better at something. People who struggle with this question are the people who think they already know it all. These are the people you want to steer away from.
Can you teach me something, as if I’ve never heard of it before? (It can be anything: A skill, a lesson or a puzzle.)
A job candidate’s answer to this question can reveal several qualities:
- Whether the person is willing to take the time to think before speaking.
- If the candidate has the technical ability to explain something to a person who is less knowledgeable in the subject.
Every interview is going to be a bit nerve racking. Be confident and be excited. The interview is not only for the interviewer but for you as well. You spend 80% of your life at work – it is important you be yourself and are happy.
Thanks for reading!