Interview Questions That Will Help You Assess Culture Fit

October 3, 2016 By: Dave Rietsema
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While recruitment software can help you attract highly qualified individuals, it is necessary to meet employee candidates to assess culture fit. Unfortunately, even when you meet with candidates it is still difficult to truly feel out their personalities when they are nervous and trying to make a good impression and you have your game face on. The following questions are a little off the beaten path and may help to assess a candidate’s adaptability and personality better than the standard questions.

If You Won the Lotto, What Would You Do with the Money?

Asking a person what they would do if they won a large sum of money is a good way to start out an interview. The question is fun, so it breaks the ice and gets the candidate talking a little. You can glean a lot from both a candidate’s answer and the way that they respond to the question, whether they light up thinking about their passions or become dour or stressed thinking about changes.

Who Have You Learned the Most From In Your Life?

Every candidate is likely to think of someone right away when asked who they have learned the most from. You may hear some very touching tales when you ask this question and it may give you a glimpse into the empathy of your employee candidate. You may also find out a little bit about the employee candidate’s hidden talents or the drive behind the job they will perform for your company.

What Kinds of Employees Complement Your Work Style?

Recognizing that everything cannot be done alone and that certain personality traits and skills work better with certain other skills is a trait that you want in your employees. If a person is dumbfounded when asked this question, ask what some of their weaknesses are and how the skills of another employee may help to bridge gaps in their skills. This will help you to get an idea about whether an employee can see their own weaknesses and recognize when they need help.

Can You Tell Me About Your Best Work Day Ever?

Most people never really stop to think about their best work day ever. Asking an employee candidate to recall and describe their best work day will tell you a lot about whether the person is grateful and will tell you what they are looking for in their job. This question may also help you figure out how to motivate and reward the person if they are hired on.

Who Would Win a Fight, Daffy Duck or Wile E. Coyote?

Asking a silly question that has absolutely nothing to do with the job or industry may seem off task, but it can actually help to reveal a bit about a candidate’s personality. If they laugh and have fun with the question it shows that they are adaptable and have a sense of humor. If they seem irritated or impatient, it shows you that they may not respond to unexpected circumstances with the best disposition.

Interview questions are an important tool that will be your final gauge for whether an individual will work well with your company. Mixing questions that will help you to see the employee candidates’ personality in is a great way to make sure that you don’t hire the wrong person.


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