By Sibila D. Hujic
Sometimes interviews go great and you take on a an employee just to find out that a month later, the person you hired is not what you expected. Job interviews have become generic. Your potential hires will present themselves in the best light on the day of their interview and if they are smart, they most likely prepared answered to the questions that are most commonly asked. Questions such as what your strengths? What are your weaknesses? (of course we all know that a person will answer with a negative quality that can be presented as a positive for the employer, i.e., being a workaholic, a perfectionist.) If you ask the questions that are commonly asked at interviews you will not get a true reaction. Only by true reactions, will you be able to get an insight into your potential employee. Asking questions that are outside of the box will help you weed out the people who can’t handle the pressure. You want an employee that will hear your question and rise to the challenge.
I gathered a few great questions that will surprise the person you are interviewing. It is not about a right answer, it is about an answer that was prepared before they showed up for the interview. Asked all the normal questions that you usually ask, but throw in a few curveballs and see the reaction. Large companies such as Google, Goldman Sachs, Aflac, and Apple. are using questions that are different than the standard questions that have been used in the past. I know these are not law firms but people are people and I believe someone with a creative mind and up for the challenge will be much more beneficial to your firm then someone who gives generic answers to generic questions. Hiring and then having to fire within a short period of time is a waste of both time and money. Finding the right employee is such a matter of good quality observing and listening.
It has to be said, obtaining references to be able to speak to is a beautiful thing, but please aware that it is not all that uncommon for potential hires to mislead you with providing a cell phone number that does not belong to the person you believe you are calling. When possible ask for the an office phone number instead of cell phone. Make sure to call, never skip this step.
Questions to ask:
“Can you explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 5 years?”
“Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?”
“If you got on an elevator where everyone was facing back, what would you do?”
“If you were to rank quality, customer satisfaction, and safety in order of importance, how would you rank them?”
“Why is your GPA not a 4.0?”