Last year, we spent a lot of time recruiting and interviewing dozens of candidates for two positions. During those interviews, I noticed two questions that would make candidates a lot more interesting. If you’re interviewing for a job, and wondering, “what are the best questions to ask during an interview?” then I strongly recommend these.
What are you ideally looking for in a candidate?
I had a candidate ask this right at the beginning of the first interview. I asked, “before we get started, do you have any questions?” and that was the first time anyone has actually had any questions. But the question was brilliant, because I answered it. Then the candidate had this huge advantage for the rest of the interview process because they were able to use that answer to gear everything they said into what we were looking for. A similar question to get there at the end of an interview is from Dan Pickett, co-founder of Launch Academy, “What Can I Help to Clarify That Would Make Hiring Me an Easy Decision?”
Where do you see the company in 5 years?
I had a few folks ask about future plans, where we would be in 5 years, etc. I really liked the candidates who asked this question. It shows they’re in it for the long haul, and it gives them a chance to make sure their 5 year plan could fit in well with the company’s. It also shows that they’re thinking ahead; they aren’t here because they blasted out 100 applications and need a job next week. They’re interested in finding out if this position and company are the right ones for them, so that everyone can be more successful long-term.
Candidates, have you found any other great questions to ask? Recruiters, have you been asked any other great questions?