What makes a great job interview? For me, a good marker is that both the candidate and interviewer feel energized, not drained, when it’s over.
To do that, I focus on creating a natural dialogue and getting candidates to share their values and personality as much as possible.
Here are the 3 interview questions I keep coming back to:
1/ If you acquired the superpower that you no longer need to sleep, what would you do with all that extra time?
Why: I like to learn about what they are interested in apart from work. I get to know them better personally – and it’s just a fun one to break the ice.
2/ What kinds of behaviour (or situation) at work really angers you?
Why: Knowing what triggers a passionate response reveals what a candidate values and what they expect from others.
3/ What do you need to do your best work?
Why: Helps me understand their priorities, self awareness and what they’ve learned from the past. It also reveals how comfortable they are in stating their needs and asking for help. There is no right answer.
And what about you? What are some of the interesting interview questions you’ve either asked or have been asked? Share them in the comments below so I can steal them.
(Oh by the way, we’re hiring)