When you ask the candidate if they have any questions at the end of the interview, what should you be expecting to hear?
If they say no, they seem unprepared and uninterested. If they say yes, how do you tell the difference between questions just for the sake of asking questions, and questions from genuine interest and preparation?
Here are 4 questions to listen for in your next interview:
1. What are you looking for in the candidate that will fill this role?
It is important for the candidate to be able to describe how they will be able to add value in the role. If they haven’t taken the time to get clear on your wants and needs in the beginning, it will be difficult for them to describe how they will meet your needs throughout the interview.
2. Can you give me an example of someone who has been a Superstar and how they got there?
This will demonstrate their motivation and potential goal alignment. If they are clear about objectives from the beginning there is a greater chance they will be able to get up to speed quickly. It also shows they are focused on demonstrating an ability to add value and contribute to the company’s growth and development.
3. How does this position support the Company achieving its goals?
It doesn’t matter how fast everyone is rowing if they aren’t rowing in the same direction. Ensuring the company is aligned with their personal goals means they will have a bigger end in mind to work towards and will be more motivated. This may also be an opportunity for them to clarify previous research they have done on the company and the role, to ensure they know what they are in for and the role will meet their expectations.
4. What are the next steps and is there any reason you wouldn’t put me forward to the next stage?
If you have an issue with something they have said or something they have missed, this question will allow them to clarify. By asking you if you have any concerns, it shows they are open to feedback and understand that there may be areas that they need to work on. Perhaps a miscommunication has occurred and can easily be cleared up. If you address something like a lack of experience, this may be an opportunity for them to explain how they will bridge that gap.