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Interviewing?

Three great questions to ask
These questions might seem basic, but provide important illumination into both the intentions and personalities of your interviewees.

You’re likely to be hiring someone new, sometime soon. Why not shake up your interview routine and find out some truly illustrative qualities about your prospective employees? An article from Inc.com outlines “Three Interview Questions That Reveal Everything” and why those questions are so revealing.

These questions might seem basic, but provide important illumination into both the intentions and personalities of your interviewees. These questions are as follows:

How Did You Find Out About This Job?

This question can help you find out if someone is looking for a job for now or for foreseeable future. Although many people do find jobs by going to job fairs or looking online, this approach can also be explained by a non-preference in job type. If it’s important to you that you secure someone who is really invested in the job you have to offer, try finding employees that have come to your listing in more unique ways.

What Did You Like About the Job Before You Started?

Specificity is key in the answer you’ll want from this question. Employees that are going to help you the most are the ones that are actively seeking your work environment, job duties and culture. Generic answers like, “great opportunity” or “fresh start” are answers to avoid, because they show that interviewees not only know little about the job, but also just want something other than what they are doing now.

Why Did You Leave?

This question is clutch and can really help illustrate whether or not someone will fit in to your workplace. Some people have issues with teamwork or problems with bosses. Decide what are important characteristics for success in your workplace and try to find out whether the reason your interviewee left their last job is the same reason they may not fit your open position