When you sift through the possible candidates for the job you’re hiring for, you want to find the super stars. You would like to find the most creative, passionate, and motivated people you can. But you are only able to find out who fits the bill through an interview. And if you don’t ask the correct questions you may misjudge your candidates.
Make sure that your interview questions solicit the information that will help you find the individual with the attributes you want. If you use a cookie cutter approach to the interview, you’ll probably get uninspired, cookie cutter answers.
Ask the Right Questions
A common approach to the job interview is to inquire about past positions the person held. What their obligations were, etc. These are not the most beneficial questions as you only end up getting information that may be easily read from their resume. This doesn’t help you much if you are looking for specific characteristics. Think about asking them how they enhanced their positions, were there any processes that they changed, or ways that they saved their company money.
Another typical interview question is to ask about the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Almost everyone has a canned response to this, as they know it will probably be asked in an interview. Instead have them tell you the things they add to the culture of a company, what do they do in tense situations, or what are some ways they keep themselves satisfied at their jobs. These answers will clue you in to the personality of the person you are interviewing, and if they will fit in with your organization and the position.
Another method you could use to determine creativity is to give them a task to execute. Something simple, for instance have them write their ideas about what their ideal work environment would be like. Or they could brainstorm products and services for a company of your choosing. You could keep it light and fun; the goal is to get a snapshot of their brainstorming abilities, and imagination.
Today’s job market is such that it’s probable that many competent people will apply to your open position. So, in order to sift through these applicants and find the most creative and inventive individuals, change your interview tactics to hone in on these traits.