Consultants and Human Resources Specialists have written volumes of material on the best techniques to identify the top candidates for employment. Some well-known CEOs and others have developed strategies they believe can identify psychological traits in exceptional candidates.
Many of these successful people say they have hiring down to a science and an expedient exercise without excessive or tedious questions. Some have a favourite or “go-to” question, which they believe will reveal everything they need to know about the candidate.
Notable go-to questions from famous CEOs
Business Insider recently asked 53 successful executives about their favourite interview questions, some of which are on the bizarre side, including:
- “What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?”
- “Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.”
- “On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?”
Why a Structured Process Works Better
While off-the-wall questions can lead to wonderfully creative answers and fun conversations, most of these responses will not reveal how well a candidate can do a particular job. Instead, consider five steps, boring though they may be, to find the best candidates:
- Define job attributes: Outline what skills your team needs to succeed and ask questions to determine whether the candidate has those traits.
- Request a work sample: Have candidates complete a sample work assignment, the same as what they would do in the job, and assess their performance.
- Ask behavioural questions: When interviewing a candidate, ask them how they solved an analytical problem. Their answer reveals not only how they resolved the issue but may give insight into their problem solving methods.
- Average team scores: Have several team members interview candidates using consistent questions. Review each team member’s assessment. This will help keep bias out of the process.
- Review the process: Identify themes among your best-performing employees and incorporate those findings into your interviews and other procedures. This can help ensure that you continue to recruit top candidates.
Boring is Sound Policy
Taking these measures in the hiring process may not feel exciting or fun, which is why many companies look to do something else. However, you will likely find that using proven and repeatable steps for finding the best candidates leads to the most successful and unbiased hiring policy.