Hiring is extremely stressful—not only is taking on a new person a massive investment of time and money, but it can also be hard to know if they will be a good fit until you see them in action. Although it may be difficult to know if you’re making the right decisions when searching for new employees, there are ways to screen job candidates during the interview process so you can be more confident in your choices. From asking the right interview questions, to using pre-employment assessments, here’s how to hire the right people on your team.
Hold Meaningful Interviews
The job interview is a basic step of any hiring process, and it is a fantastic way to learn more about a candidate. Of course, you’ll want to ask potential employees about their experience and what makes them a good fit for the role, but you should also take advantage of the opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions that will shine a light on their personalities and values.
Here are some questions you can ask to plumb the depths of a person’s character:
- Have you ever had an unexpected stressful situation at work? How did you handle it?
- Answers to this question will give insight into how someone will act in fraught circumstances.
- What are you inspired by?
- Answers to this question will give insight into what motivates someone.
- What values are most important to you in a co-worker or a friend?
- Answers to this question will give you a peek into the moral principles someone lives by.
- Think of a time you failed at work. How did you respond to your failure and what did you learn?
- Answers to this question will examine someone’s humility and self-awareness.
These are just a few possible interview questions; you might find others that work better for your organization and needs. What’s important is to ask questions that require thoughtful consideration by the interviewee. You’ll never be able to get the full picture of who someone truly is in one conversation, but asking questions like these is a good start.
Vet Against Your Company’s Core Values
Your company’s core values are the guiding principles that bring a team together with a shared sense of purpose for achieving common goals.
As you’re examining resumes and applications, and even after you conduct a first interview, take a moment to analyze if the candidate has any red flags that go against your company’s core values. These can be very obvious, such as a candidate not having the introspection to come up with times they have failed, but they can also be harder to identify.
With a set of core values, you can screen every job candidate within the same framework. If your company doesn’t have core values, we can help uncover them by conducting a cultural assessment with a cross section of your employees. We will also work with you to ingrain these values in your workplace.
Pre-Employment Assessments and More
Even with these tips in mind, hiring new employees can be difficult. That’s why we help employers of all sizes find the right people for the job through our talent acquisition solutions and pre-employment assessment and behavioral interviewing process.
By leveraging our talent acquisition solutions, you receive a robust alternative to traditional recruiting methods and impersonal headhunting firms. We use our Performance Dynamics® assessment to give accurate, timely and insightful information about the personalities of candidates. This objective process identifies where a person is along a spectrum of personality traits that influence their behavior.
Our pre-employment assessment and behavioral interviewing process works like this: you send us candidates who bring the right experience to your open job position, we give them our patented Performance Dynamics® assessment and conduct a behavioral interview, then advise you about this person’s fit in your organization. With this information in hand, you will have more confidence in your hiring decisions.
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