There are two questions top candidates ask in an interview. Know what they are so you’ll never overlook one again

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 21 Jan. 2015

Tags: job interview questions, common interview questions, job interviews, interviews, recruitment, interview questions, interview questions candidates ask

When recruiting, you want to find a great candidate who is the best fit for your company. After all, the cost of hiring the wrong employee is huge.

So how do you go about doing this when it’s so easy for candidates to misrepresent themselves?

One of the best ways is to pay attention to what candidates ask at the end of an interview. This separates average candidates from great ones.

Keep reading to discover the two questions great candidates ask so you never overlook one.

Great candidates ask these two questions at the end of an interview

Question 1: “What do you want me to achieve in the first 60 to 90 days?”
According to Jeff Haden, writer and’s contributing editor, “great candidates want to hit the ground running. They don’t want to spend weeks or months getting to know the organisation. They want to make a difference right away.”
So if a candidate asks a question like this, he wants to know how you’ll evaluate him. And he wants to be clear from the word go about what you expect from him.
Question 2: “Can you tell me about what drives results in your business?”
“Great candidates want to know what truly makes a difference for your company. Because they know helping the company succeed means they will also succeed, on multiple levels” says Haden.
They want to be sure about how they fit in, in your company’s overall goal.
That’s why experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management always stress the importance of goal alignment – making sure employees from the top to the bottom follow the same goals and work together to achieve them.
They say if you don’t focus your employee’s efforts on achieving your overall company objectives, that effort goes to waste. By correctly aligning an employee’s job goals to the broader goals of your company, you can optimise your employee’s efforts. And ensure a higher level of productivity.
Great candidates have the drive and want to make a meaningful contribution to your company.
Keep this in mind if you don’t want to miss out on great candidates…

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Paying attention to what candidates ask in an interview helps separate average candidates from great ones

According to Haden, at the end of the interview average candidates try to make themselves look good by asking “smart” questions. What they ask is more important to them than your answer.
Great candidates on the other hand, always “ask questions they want answers to because they’re actively evaluating you and your company. And they're deciding whether they really want to work for you.”
So pay attention to what follows after you ask the “Do you have any questions for me?” question. And lookout for candidates who ask these two types of interview questions. They’re the ones you want to hire.
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