Friday, Jul 12 2019

5 Interview Questions to Seek Out Top Performers

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5 Interview Questions to Seek Out Top Performers


Finding the right candidate to fill a vacant position can be challenging. Often, the interview is your best chance of separating the okay job seekers from genuine top performers. As a result, asking the right questions is critical. Otherwise, you might not find out important details that can help you figure out who can actually excel in the role.

Luckily, there are questions you can ask to gain insights into which candidates are the best and brightest. With that in mind, here are five interview questions to ask if you need top performers.

  1. What Work-Related Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of?

By asking this question early, you get to start the interview on a positive note, allowing the candidate to share details about something they feel provided great value. Additionally, you’ll learn about an achievement that may align with the position you want to fill, as well as more about the candidate’s skills and capabilities.


  1. Which of Your Skills Will Help You Excel in This Position?

This question gives you a chance to find out about the candidate’s broader skill set and how it matches up to the job. It also gives the job seeker an opportunity to share details that might not have fit onto their resume or provide context to points they included on their application.

You can also find out how well the candidate understands the job you are working to fill. If the job seeker discusses highly applicable skills, they likely took the time to review the position description and make sure that what they bring to the table is a good fit. If the skills they discuss don’t align with the role, that could indicate a disconnect.


  1. Can You Describe an Obstacle or Problem That You’ve Encountered at Work? How Did You Overcome It?

When you want to find out how a candidate acts under pressure, this is a great question to ask. It also may shine a light on any weaknesses, allowing you to avoid the cliché “what is your greatest weakness” question that often generates a well-crafted and, at times, somewhat disingenuous response.


  1. If Selected, What Is Something You Would Like to Do Immediately in This Role?

This is another question that allows you to find out whether the candidate did any research about the job. Additionally, you’ll discover more about the job seekers priorities and what they find enticing about the position.


  1. Why Are You Leaving (Did You Leave) Your Current (Last) Employer?

By asking this question, you can find out about a candidate’s preferences, albeit somewhat indirectly. This could include details about their preferred management style, culture, and more. If the candidate was fired from their last job, it also gives them an opportunity to discuss what occurred.


Hire the Right People with The Armada Group!

Ultimately, the five questions above are valuable additions to any interview. If you would like to find out more about how you locate top performers, the staff at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with one of our skilled recruitment specialists today and see how our hiring expertise can benefit you.