Every hiring manager has their own checklist for finding the right candidate during an interview. Yet, while solid credentials, work experience and extra-curricular accomplishment set on hiring manager are great deciding factors, some employers take more unusual approaches to identify star candidates.
There are interview questions that could reveal talent qualifications and characteristics beyond what are listed on resumes such as thought process, clarity and structure, adaptability, problem-solving ability and such.
We’ve gathered five of the most interesting tactics that you might want to use in your interviews:
“Tell me about your friends.”
Wait, why would you want to know about the interviewee’s friends? According to Inc. columnist Paul Brown, the people you choose to hang out with tend to have the same mindset as you. Achievers associate with achievers, slackers associate with slackers. You can find out a lot about a candidate by learning how their friends are like.
“I don’t think you’re the right fit.”
Founder of IT firm Six Dimensions, Tejune Kang, believes that this is the way to uncover a true gem from the rest. After a conventional beginning, he throws this one-liner at candidates. Most people back down after that, but one in ten wouldn’t give up. Instead, they push past the barrier and use this opportunity to state exactly why they are right for the job.
“What will you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?”
Bizarre as it is, this question actually identifies candidates who can think on their feet, according to Capriotti’s CEO Ashley Morries. Because it throws them off, their answers are very reflective of how they operate under pressure. On top of that – because it’s about the end of the world after all – you’ll learn about what matters most to them.
“If you could have a super power, what would it be?”
Imgur founder Alan Schaaf loves using this question in his interviews because it helps him to get a feel of who he’s talking to. Because most people go with “flying”, any other answer makes the candidate really stand out, especially when it is nothing that you would expect. You can take it one step further by turning their answers against them to see their thought processes.
“In five minutes, explain something to me. It can be anything – a hobby you have, a book you’ve read or a project you worked on. Assume I don’t have prior knowledge. Take as much time to think it through.”
Candidates who take time to think before answering are more organised in answering and in work compared to those who jump right into it. That’s what Kevin Morrill, CTO of Referly, has observed from the people he hired. A star candidate will make sure you understand what they’re saying before continuing the explanation.
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