Job interview questions are a crucial step in employment screening and recruiting process following the submission of the application, resume and cover letter. Employers and human resource managers have an opportunity to get a sense of a candidate’s personality and ability to think on their feet. One of the ways to enhance this aspect of screening is by asking unusual questions they might not be expecting.
The following are some unique interview questions employers can use to help find the ideal candidates for each position:
“What is your favorite book? (Movie? TV show)?”
While these types of interview questions may seem irrelevant to job screening, it is a way to gain insight into an applicant’s personality, preferences and values. If a job requires passion and focus, it will be important to know what inspires an applicant to ensure they will be a fit.
“What is the most serious ‘blind spot’ you can point out in our business, and how could we make improvements?”
These interview questions “acts as if” the candidate is already on the team and fighting for the success of the enterprise. Their answer will show employers if they are truly aware of and versed in the company – or, conversely, that they really didn’t do their homework and perhaps aren’t engaged enough to be a good selection.
“What are your top three values? What motivates you?”
Knowing what drives reliable candidates provides a window into their character and can help determine the best role for each individual. People who value qualities like “determination” will likely be very suited to sales roles. Those who value “innovation” and “improving the world” could thrive in research and development roles.
“What superhero do you most identify with and why?”
These interview questions may seem frivolous, but they are a great way to see how adept the candidate is at thinking on their feet and coming up with a creative answer. It can also yield insights into their value system; identifying with Batman could indicate that a candidate favors an innovative approach to making the world a better place. Identifying with Superman could show the applicant is devoted to bringing the very best out of themselves both in their career and in life in general.
Interview questions are an opportunity for employers to assess an applicant’s personality, passion for the industry and potential fit within the corporate culture. Asking unique, difficult and unexpected interview questions allows for a richer screening process and getting to know how the applicant performs under pressure.
Employers should consider asking interview questions in this vein to help connect with the most qualified and talented candidates. Professional background screeners can further assist with ensuring the right people are selected for each opening.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is never intended as legal advice and is for information purposes only.