Hiring managers you know the feeling. You have gone and interviewed dozens of people for the position and now you have narrowed it down to the final three. Any of them would excel in the position, but how do you know which one of them fits perfectly with your company culture? Here are some questions you can ask to find which candidate best fits your company culture.
1.Does the candidate bring something that you do not already have?
Diversity is more than incorporating multi-culturalism to your teams. A strong team consists of different types of people, but also different ways of thinking. Diversity of thought is one of the most essential assets to your company, and we screen our candidates to give you someone unique to your needs plus more. When interviewing, look for the quality or skill that you do not already have. Not only will this allow your team to do more, but it will reveal paths that you never even knew existed before.
2.Is the candidate wearing their interview mask or true face?
Don’t want cookie cutter candidates? Then don’t ask cookie cutter questions. Any serious candidate will be prepared for the average behavioral questions. In addition to the usual interview questions, ask questions to understand how your candidates think.
“It’s Saturday and you’re in your favorite place. What are you doing?”
“You find a pot of gold, how are you using your new found wealth?”
Questions like these allow you to get to know the candidate for more than a tailored STAR method answer. The answer will tell you so much about a person: how they think when faced with such a big question, how they express themselves, and what they care about (or what they think you’ll care about, potentially).
3.How does the candidate apply their skills in everyday setting?
Furthermore, if your position requires certain skills, use the interview to make sure the candidates actively apply the skills you need. If you need someone with strong people skills, ask them to give you the name of the secretary who greeted them at the front desk. If you need a new art director, ask them to readjust the lamps in the room to give you the best lighting for a perfect selfie. The interview is yours, make it fun and tailor it to what you need to know.
4.Will you and the candidate be happy together?
Sure, we may have clicked really well with the candidate, but will you? You want to be certain your company offers the kind of environment and culture your candidate needs to succeed. Ask them straight out about the type of culture and management style that works better for them to be happy and productive in their job. Evaluate if this aligns with what you have in place. You could find a candidate with exceptional qualifications and experience, but if you’re uncomfortable with their personality, communication style or values, they may not be the right fit despite their superior skillset. The cultural fit extends to life and work values, as well. People tend to be happiest working with others who share their basic values and goals.
Every company is unique, and each approach to assessing a candidate’s fit should be tailored to the position you are hiring for. Interviewing is never a one size fits all. Learn more about our recruitment process , or contact us for more information on how we can help you find that match.