Top 5 interview questions to ask a prospective employee and why…..

Getting through social veneer can be difficult. In this business, we hire based upon personality, not past experience. Here are some questions that you can ask to get to the root of someone’s personality and not play guessing games based upon a resume.

Question 1

Tell me about what you like to do when you are off the clock?

This is a good opener question in any interview as it defines who they are as a person, not just an employee. If the prospect has a hard time letting you know about their hobbies, that is a red flag. It lets you know that you are getting the “highlight reel” them, instead of the “real” them in the interview process. This information is info that is not usually disclosed in the prospect’s resume. It is important that the prospect lives a full life outside of the one they live when they are on the clock.

Question 2

What did you love about your last job?

This is an opportunity to shed positive light on what their relationships with their former coworkers and bosses were like. It is important that you find a team player that gushes about all the positive experiences they’ve had at their former place of employment. A negative person is NOT who you want on staff. This dives into how positive a person you are dealing with. Do they see the cup as half full, or half empty?

Question 3

What did you hate about your last job?

This is also searching for red flags. If they go on and on about what they hated at their last job, you may have a problem on your hands. You want them to balk at this question and say that they didn’t particularly hate anything at their last job. Why? Well, because you typically want someone who is able to get along with others, has personal integrity, and knows how to deal with the ups and downs of life. If they elaborate on all the things they hated about their previous post, especially if it is a disagreement with another person. This is a good indicator that they are not someone you want on your staff.

Question 4

Can you tell me about a time when you helped someone?

If they blank on this question, red flag city! You want people on our team that have had a ton of experience helping others. Especially since we are in the service industry, this is very important. Ask this question and don’t say anything until they respond. This is the best indicator as to the type of individual you are dealing with.

and finally……Question 5

Are you ready to move forward with the position if I were to offer it today?

This is a good closing technique for an individual who may be looking to play your offer between two or more suitors. This is an opportunity to close them at the interview sitting if they are the right person. And, if they are the right person (per your gut instinct), don’t hesitate to pull the trigger and get them on your team. This will pay dividends in the future.

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