When you’re hiring, it’s important to keep in mind that even though a person might have all of the necessary qualifications to do the job, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to work well with your team.
So how do get a sense of someone’s behavioral patterns before you add them to your workforce?
Three words: behavioral interview questions.
Behavioral interviewing allows you go beyond the surface qualifications and gain a fuller, more complex understanding of how a candidate might behave on the job.
Here are a few of the best behavioral interview questions to ensure you better informed hiring decisions in the future.
Give me an example of a goal that you achieved. How did you achieve it?
This question provides you with a number of important details about a prospective employee. First of all, you’ll learn whether or not they are goal oriented. If they have a hard time recalling any goals or achievements at all, consider it a red flag. You should also pay close attention to whether they credit other people with helping them succeed or if they choose to take all of the credit for the accomplishment.
Have you ever had a conflict with a co-worker? How did you handle it?
You’ve probably heard a version of this question before. A popular behavioral interview question for its ability to determine if a person works well with others, you can learn a lot about a prospective candidate from their answer. Does their description of the situation seem realistic, accurate and fair, or are they just trying to tell you what they think you’d like to hear. Are they still hostile or bitter about the conflict even though it’s in the past? Do you think they are a team player?
Have you ever disagreed with a past boss on a workplace issue? How did you handle the situation?
Even though most companies aren’t looking to hire an employee who will routinely disagree with their manager, they likely want someone who isn’t afraid to voice their opinions or concerns in an effort to better the organization. If your company places a lot of value on collaboration and active employee participation, this is a good question to see if your candidate is up to the challenge.
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