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What to ask and why.

Interviewing potential candidates is a critical part of the recruitment process. Learning how to ask the ‘right’ questions will ensure you get the answers and insights you need to make the ‘right’ decision.

Here, Rebecca Supierz, SEEK’s HR Manager, shares 5 revealing interview questions to prompt answers you can really work with when making that all-important hiring decision:

One:  What’s the biggest misconception people have about you?

By asking the candidate to think about themselves through the eyes of others, you will get an important insight into their levels of perception and self-awareness.

It’s also a less obvious way for candidates to reveal their weak spots, without hirers having to ask that much-anticipated ‘weakness’ question outright.

Two:  Describe a recent project, and how you could have done it better.

Look for candidates who think big, not just in their failures, but also in their successes. Candidates might be used to describing how they made something work – this particular question gives you an insight into their drive to make something that was good even better the next time.

Three:  What are the things you do not like to do, and don’t want to work on?

This is another, less confronting way of asking a candidate about their weaknesses. We all tend to do better at the things we enjoy; an honest answer from your candidate on what they don’t like will give you great insight into where they will likely struggle in this role.

Four:  What is most important to you in your work?

Ask your candidate what motivates them to come to work each day. It will help you determine their values and cultural fit – important factors that go beyond the skills and experience they can bring to the role, and ones that can ensure a candidate’s longevity

Five:  How do you unplug?

Employees who shine bright then burn out are no good to themselves, or the company they work for. Find out if your candidate understands the importance of work/life balance, and has techniques in place to stay focused and fresh both in and out of work.