Do you ask cliché interview questions?
Things like “what is your greatest weakness?” and “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
The problem is; the internet is absolutely littered with blogs, articles and eBooks about these kinds of questions, each revealing advice, tips and even scripted answers for tackling them all.
And that unfortunately means that the majority of your candidates will be ready and rehearsed with “perfect” answers to them – answers that are not necessarily be true (EG. “I’m a perfectionist”).
Instead, we recommend re-phrasing the good old cliché interview questions to make them a little more difficult (without scaring off your interviewee).
If you only use predictable and cliche interview questions during your interviews, the process is going to be pretty pointless (almost as pointless as asking whether they’d like to be superman or batman).
They certainly won’t help you find out anything real about your candidates, so try mixing things up.
Here are some more great resources to give you a helping hand:
- 36 Interview Questions That Are Actually Fun to Answer – Fast Company
- Unusual Job Interview Questions Help Select the Best – The Balance
- 5 Unique Interview Questions Every Recruiter Should Ask – SHRM
But do be careful… asking too many weird and wonderful brainteasers may put some candidates off.
Balance would be best.
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Good luck.- Anthony Hughes