The answers give you an insight into a potential employee’spersonality and whether he would fit in the cultural environment of the workplace
Employers today aren’t necessarily only looking for candidateswith the right set of technical skills and years of experience under their belt. They want to hire those who also have something unique to offer ¬ like a great personality or strong set of soft skills.
“In fact, if they find a candidate who has less experience than their competition, but has stronger growth potential and seems to be a better cultural fit, the employer may feel encouraged to hire that person,“ says Edward Fleischman, chief executive officer of Execu Search, a full-service recruitment, temporary staffing, and retained search firm in the US.
To figure out if candidates possess the soft skills or personality fit that they are lookingfor, employers often ask these seven interview questions that aim to get a closer glimpse at one’s personality:
1. If your best friend was sitting here, what would they say is the best part about being your friend?
The question is to bring out a sense of candour in a candidate. “Learning what makes an applicant a good friend allows employers to get a feel of whether or not they would fit in with the company culture,“ Fleischman says.
2. About the way you approach challenges. If you could change one thing, what would it be?
This question allows hiring managers to evaluate a candidate’s self-awareness and ability to admit there are some aspects of their professional life they would like to improve, Fleischman explains. “Since humility is an important quality to many employers, a response to this question is something they listen closely to.“
3. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
This inquiry is a favourite amongst hiring managers because it allows them to not only evaluate how quickly someone can think on their feet, but it also requires candidates to exercise some degree of creativity in a relatively short amount of time, hesays.
4. What drives you in your professional life?
Employers ask this question to gain insight into what motivates a candidate both in their career and as a potential employee. “As cultural fit becomes more important to employers and their business as a whole, many look for candidates whose goals align with theirs, and asking this question allows them to assess what exactly a candidate’s goals are,“ Fleischman says.
5. What drives you in your personal life?
Similarly, this question aims to delve into a candidate’s personality and better assess their cultural fit. “By developing a better understanding of a job seeker’s non-worklife, and by learning about what drives them personally, an employer can get a better grasp of the type of personality they’d be bringing to the company,“ he says.
6. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be and why?
Many people admire certain celebrities and public figures. Learning about who a candidate would be most excited to meet offers another interesting viewpoint into their personality and their values -two important factors of cultural fit.
7. Have you ever played on a sports team?
This can reveal personality traits that are important to certain companies, depending on the nature of their business. “For example, a former athlete could be a great team player or, depending on the sport or position they played may thrive best while working on their own,“ Fleischman explains
Source: The Economic Times
Date: July 30, 2014