How to ask unexpected questions during an interview and how to prepare for questions candidates may have.

Asking unexpected questions in an interview will allow organisations to get a better sense of what candidates sound like when they aren’t rehearsed. Meaning, interviewers should ask candidates something they probably haven’t prepared for in order to receive an honest and real-time answer. Here are a few examples of unconventional questions you could ask during an interview:

  1. It’s 12pm one year from now, what are you doing?
  2. Do you think it’s better to submit a project that’s perfect nut late, or one that’s good and on time?
  3. Why shouldn’t I hire you?
  4. How would your manager describe you and how would your best friend describe you?
  5. What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

As well as asking candidates insightful yet unexpected questions, it’s also important to ensure you pay attention to any questions a candidate may ask you. Candidates who show great potential will often be curious and invested in learning more about the organisation and the job role they’re applying for. Paying close attention to the questions you are asked as the interviewer, will indicate to you the candidate’s top priorities and values.

Here are a few examples of questions you should prepare to answer:

  1. In this job position, what does success look like?
  2. What type of person works well within this team?
  3. What’s the biggest opportunity for this role?
  4. What’s the most challenging aspect of this role?
  5. How did the company determine it’s mission and core values?

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