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Fun and Interesting Questions to Ask in Your Next Interview

BY: admin | September 26, 2017

It’s time to conduct your interview and you only have thirty minutes.  Thirty minutes to determine if your candidate is smart, affable, and alert.  Thirty minutes to gauge temperament, motivation, and values.  Thirty minutes to evaluate the match.

So what questions should you ask your candidate in order to make the most of your short interview time?

Try out some of these interesting questions posed by some of the nation’s most successful businesses to gain a deeper insight into your candidate’s personality and thought process.

1. “If you’re the CFO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?” – Dropbox

This is a fantastic question to see which aspects of the business your applicant deems critical to the long-term success of the company.

2. “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?– Bed Bath & Beyond

On the surface this sounds absurd, but it may surprise you how much you will learn about your candidate’s perception of themselves.

3. “What’s your favorite 90’s song?” -Squarespace

While this may seem like a silly ice-breaker, there is actually much to learn from their response.  Studies show that a link exists between one’s musical taste and their personality.

4. “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?”– Goldman Sachs

Even though there is no accurate answer, use this question to determine creative problem-solving and reasoning skills.  You’ll quickly see who is willing to put forth effort when difficult tasks are asked of them.

5. “What did you learn from your mom?”– SuccessFactors

By connecting on a more personal basis you will be able to build trust and determine which qualities your candidate admires in others and, in some cases, which qualities they dislike.