The Importance of the Interview Question(s)

 In Your Employees

In the past, we’ve discussed where to find potential employees and how to attract them with unique and fun company perks. (See articles linked below) Now, we need to talk about the interview process. An article in Entrepreneur Magazine reported that “[interview] candidates care so much about how they are treated in the hiring process that a study conducted by Career Builder found ‘68% of job candidates said they would accept a lower salary if the employer created a great impression through the hiring process.'”

What better way to create a fun and memorable hiring process than to ask some interesting (and quirky) interview questions? These types of interview questions will allow you to gauge the candidate’s sense of humor, personality, and ability to fit within your company culture. These questions are just examples, and you’ll need to modify them to fit within your culture, as they may not provide answers or insight that is appropriate for every company culture!

  • If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you in this role, what did we achieve together?
  • When have you been most satisfied in your life?
  • If you got hired, loved everything about this job, and are paid the salary you asked for, what kind of offer from another company would you consider?
  • Who is your role model, and why?
  • What’s your superpower, or what’s your spirit animal?
  • So, what’s your story?
  • If you could organize a parade through our office, what type of parade would it be and why? (Zappos)
  • How lucky are you, and why? (Airbnb)
  • If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be and why? (Red Frog Events)
  • If you could only bring 3 items to a deserted island, what would you bring and why? (Yahoo!)
  • If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your grandchildren about your life? (McKinsey and Company)

Have you used these type of unique questions in your interviewing before? What are some of your favorite questions to ask?

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