What do we miss in interviews?

99% of hiring managers ask the routine questions about job related knowledge, job experience, and evidence of job competence. Although most candidates give appropriate text-book answers which will qualify them for the job, the hiring manager will often make the decision based on what was not asked such as:

  1. Character and integrity which can be observed in how they answer questions
  2. Observed personality types such as extraversion or introversion
  3. Effective communication as evidenced in the words they choose and how they construct their responses
  4. Perceived humility and lack of arrogance
  5. Self-confidence in their actions and responses
  6. Emotional connection with you the interviewer


What questions to include from now on

At Wilford Scholes we not only test for these factors to help make your decision easier but we suggest you expand you interview questions to include these 5 key questions:

  • “What makes you unique, how would you describe yourself and how are you different to other people I will interview?”

This question will tell you how much they really know themselves, what they perceive as their strengths and it may even bring out what they see as their weakness.

  • “What is your understanding of work culture, the importance of it, and how you can influence it positively?”

This question brings out their perception and discernment of people dynamics and how company culture is influenced by peoples behaviours.

  • “Can you give an example of how you have dealt with conflict and competition?”

It is good to probe how comfortable they are with opposing views, or being challenged. It also shows you how defensive they could be or unwilling to process criticism.

  • “What motivates people and what do you need to feel inspired and supported?”

Knowing what a person’s driving forces/factors are is really key. This is also help you  know how best to motivate them.

  • “How do you manage disappointment and failure in yourself and others?”

Being able to learn from failure and mistakes shows emotional maturity and it gives you insight into how to manage them if they do something dumb. It will also give you insight into whether they will be accusing or supportive if they need to correct someone else’s behaviour.

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