Enough of the “tell me about yourself.”
We are way past interviews questions like these because they are now ineffective. Some prospective employees go ahead and prepare for this particular question instead of giving you an impromptu answer. That negates the whole point of the interview session. Do not worry. We have excellent human resource planning tips in this regard, which will help you with sneaky new questions that will reveal characters:
What’s Your Spirit Animal?
This question will reveal the imagination of the interviewee. This will probably make the candidate think but that’s okay. Give him time to give you his answer and give you a reason alongside. If the job role requires creativity and innovation, this is the question you should ask for sure.
Tell Me A Joke
Richard Branson said in his book that a joke is the best way to break the ice and make the interviewee comfortable. It helps him relax and chances of him being himself and answering questions freely henceforth.
Have You Played A Sport?
If the answer is positive, go on to ask which sport this was and which position he/she played in. If the interviewee has played a competitive sport, you can be sure that his/her work ethic will be great. This is a great quality especially for those working in a startup.
If You Were To Open Your Own Startup, Which Niche Would It Be In?
If the candidate says he wants to start the same kind of company, you can immediately determine that he is trying to impress you. If he gives you a detailed, thoughtful answer, you have got a keeper because he is honest and creative. You surely want such candidates in the team.
Which of these questions are you going to include in your human resource planning strategies?
Firing employees can be a problem especially if you are a startup because it costs a lot to hire again and train. That is why we recommend you polish your human resource planning and hire candidates who are capable of driving profitability. That is the key to running a business successfully.