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7 Interview questions to help you select the right person for the job

by , 22 March 2016
When recruiting for a new employee, you want to get the right candidate for the job the first time around.

A well-structured interview can do just that.

What's more, specifically asking competency-based questions can assist you greatly in determining whether or not a candidate will be able to do the job.

So to be 100% sure that an applicant is the right fit for the job, ask these 7 questions...

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Question#1: Accuracy

This refers to an employee's ability to carry out a task effectively with minimal errors.

Ask the candidate the following:

Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. What happened? What did you do? What was the result of it all? What did you learn from

Question#2: Analytical ability

This refers to one's ability to analyse and question things in a logical way, taking into consideration all the angles involved, before drawing a conclusion and formulating an appropriate strategy.

Ask the candidate the following:

Describe a project you've put together. Why and how did you do it? What was the outcome of the project? What did you learn from it?

Question#3: Assertiveness

This refers to an applicant's ability to stand firm within themself, for what needs to be done, and yet not give in to destructive conflict and aggression along the way.

Ask the candidate the following:

Describe a time when you really had to stand your ground or 'put your foot down'. What happened? How did you handle it? What was the outcome? What did you learn from it?

TIP: While many believe that what an applicant has done in the past is an indicator of what they'll do in the future, it's advised that you take caution in following that general view, because this 'rule' tends to over-simplify the issue.

The fact of the matter is that what an employee has done in the past can create lessons that have been learned from, or not. 

So when you ask questions, you should always ask an applicant what was learned from a past experience.
Seriously examine their answer and determine whether or not it'll be an issue in the future.

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