These questions force your potential employees to think outside of the box. It shows how they would react in unexpected moments.
10. If you were an animal, which one would you be?
It sounds like a trivial question, but, depending on the position, it can deliver a powerful insight about who the candidate really is, or tends to behave. For a sales representative position, you want to have a lion in your team, not a mice. ;)
11. Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
That question really gives you an idea of how creative and spontaneous your potential employees are. Both characteristics that move your business forward.
It is one of the most important things that they are not only interested in a job. Applicants should be interested in THAT job in YOUR company. We gathered some questions to check:
12. If you owned the company, what would you change?
That question can be really difficult for employees. They might have to formulate criticism towards the company they apply for. It shows how deep their insight really is. It also checks their ability to spread critic.
13. What was it about this job description that caught your eye?
It will help you to understand what they are passionate about and if their interest matches the main focus for the job. Besides, that question delivers an interesting input for your company. By giving you a precious feedback on the perception potential job candidates have about your business and brand, and what makes you specifically attractive to them.
14. Do you have some questions for us?
And they should. It’s the biggest proof for profound interest in the potential job and employer.
15. Why are you the perfect fit for this job?
There are different options to answer that question but the candidate should always highlight why he thinks he is better than his competitors.
Salary Questions: Important when you are really interested in hiring the candidate. Be hard but fair.
16. What salary do you expect?
This question is unavoidable when you are really interested in hiring the interviewee because you have to know whether you can “afford” him. Ask better sooner than later.
17. What’s your salary history?
The answer can help you to measure how realistic the salary requirements are.
18. Would you consider taking less pay than you made in your last job?
That question can be unfortunately necessary if the candidate is the perfect fit for your job but you can’t afford to pay the wage he got in his previous job.
Now you got some inspiration on what questions you could ask job candidates. Don't forget to keep enough time for all other spontaneous questions the applicant could have, and interact on these, instead of going on with a prepared list. Because you could learn even more on how your potential future employee would fit the job by hearing what he has to ask, than going through all the questions you prepared! Interaction and exchange is and stays the key of a successful hiring process!