Most candidates can hack your standard interview questions to tell you what you want to hear. Try asking these instead.
Most job candidates feel interview questions can be decoded and hacked, letting them respond to those questions with “perfect” answers.
And they’re right, especially if you insist on asking opinion-based job interview questions. (Quick aside: Is there really a perfect answer to a question like, “What do you feel is your biggest weakness?” I think there is: “If that’s the kind of question you typically ask, I don’t want to work for you.”)
Asking opinion-based questions is a complete waste of time. Every candidate comes prepared to answer general questions about teamwork, initiative, interpersonal skills, and leadership.
That’s why you should ask interview questions that elicit facts instead of opinions. Why? I can never rely on what you claim you will do, but I can learn a lot from what you have already done.
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