Having worked in Executive Search for over 18 years, consulting with our clients around their interview process and guiding them on what makes an effective process is always interesting. Our clients involvement with interviews can range from 1 each year to regular interactions supporting their organisation through rapid growth. It is amazing what Leaders consider interviews to be and what they reallly can achieve from them.
Are you a 10 minute "gut feel" interviewer or someone who has invested in your skills and see it as a profession and an opportunity to delve into the souls of those who want to work for your business?
This article provides some great questions to help you achieve the latter.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness? These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”) As you scale to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, you are unlikely to field such hackneyed queries. For leadership positions, it’s the softer skills that matter. Quartz spoke with 10 CEOs and other senior execs about their interview techniques, and the one killer question they like to ask job candidates. Their approaches vary, but all are designed to test a person’s mindset and mentality. A first-rate résumé won’t help you now. Consider yourself warned.