Interviews are critical as they take your time and depending on the success of the interview, the results can have implications for years to come. Asking the wrong questions or even useless questions in an interview can be confusing for both parties and you might leave an hour later having not learned much. An interview is intended to gather insights about many different aspects of your candidate such as their problem solving abilities, their loyalty, insight into the way they think, but how do we get this information just from their answers and without them lying? The trick is to ask planned questions that are developed to reveal specific characteristics.
A successful interview occurs when not only the candidate is well prepared for their interview, but when you are as well! Structured interviews are twice as effective in predicting how well an employee will do for you. A structured interview, unlike a free-flowing interview requires that you do your planning, both on the candidate and the position, and create a structured plan for your interview process.
If an employee lacks particular skills to perform a duty, they can be trained. If they do not fit into your company culture, you have a whole other problem on your hands; one that will not be fixed with any amount of training. Employees that do not align with your company culture leads to poor work quality, decreased job satisfaction and a potentially toxic environment.
There is no one single question to determine if your potential employee will fit into your company culture. A cultural interview should have a flow to it and be natural in conversation, all the while you are assessing their mannerisms and reactions to your questions. Below are some general tips for interviewing for company culture as well as topics to be aware of when conducting your cultural interview.
Like it or not, you’re eventually going to make a bad hire. Even if you do everything right in the hiring process, you’ll find that it still doesn’t work out perfectly. So instead of beating yourself up about it, find a way to gracefully undo the mistake.
If you're used to asking "What was your last salary?" during job interviews, you might want to check your state and local laws. Many states and localities have made asking the salary question illegal.