11 Interesting Questions to Ask in an Interview

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Blah.  What are three of your weaknesses? Boooo. There are some interview questions that get overused, overvalued and are just plain boring. Great interview questions are so important.

Here are a few key reasons why having GREAT interview questions are important:

  • Outside of the box questions can probe into how the possible new hire thinks and find out what’s important to them.
  • Interesting, non-common questions can catch the interviewee off guard. Allowing you to see how they react under pressure and perform ‘off-the-cuff’.
  • Non-boring interview questions can stir up great conversations that may lead to more questions and shed more light on who your possible new hire really is.
  • Hiring is about being a great fit for the company AND for the recruit. So, non-standard questions can help the interviewee understand if working for your company is the right move.

So how do you come up with new, interesting, personality probing, and work style probing questions? How do you step outside of the box and develop interview questions that aren’t run of the mill?

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Use questions you would want to ask your current team. The questions you ask in an interview should be applicable to your current team. You shouldn’t feel weird asking your current employees the same questions.
  • Think about your star employees. What makes them great? Build your questions around the character and work ethic of your best employees.
  • Do you have some employees that could do better? Create interview questions that may reveal struggles you wish to avoid or uncover assets that may balance out the weaknesses on your current team.
  • Ask your team. Sometimes it’s easy to find ourselves in a rut when going through the interview process.  When you sit to close, things can be hard to see and get blurry.  Your current team may have some fresh, interesting questions you haven’t even thought of.

Using the tips above what is one NEW interview question you have for your next interview?  Share with us below in the comments.

Looking to get a jump-start to livening up your interviews?  The Workplace Word’s got you covered.

Here are 11 of The Workplace Word’s favorite interview questions to help you wake up and shake up your interview process.

  1. Describe your ideal work environment.
  2. In an ideal boss, what kind of interaction or oversite would you like?
  3. Tell me about a mistake you made in our industry/last job? How did you fix it?
  4. What are 3 skills or attributes you will bring to our team?
  5. How would a past co-worker describe you?
  6. What is something you need to learn or work on?
  7. If you’re hired, what are the first 2 things you would do on the job?
  8. Pick one: phone or email, why?
  9. What do you (or did you) like about working at your last job? What didn’t you like?
  10. Why are you seeking this new opportunity?
  11. Name 2 things that motivate you to be a better person. Better employee? Better colleague?

Get in the conversation!  Tell us in the comments below. What are some of your favorite interview questions?

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