Lots of traffic to my blog based on Google searches related to interview questions.
I’m not a big fan of pre-planned interview questions. Ask a boring question, get a boring answer. I like reliable and valid interview processes, but asking someone to list their “biggest weaknesses” will not predict success.
So if you’re going to ask some interview questions, make them interesting.
What do you think of Donald Trump?
There is only one correct way to answer that question. I know you might not be able to ask a political question if you work in a government office, but he won’t be in the presidential race forever. It’s always a valid question.
Do you think the Confederate flag is racist?
Of course, everybody will say it’s racist. Your follow-up question is simple. “Really?” And you should whisper it because racist people think you agree with them when you whisper.
Do you watch soccer?
C’mon, man. Nobody in this country watches soccer on TV. Maybe the Women’s World Cup, of course, because those women are badass. But not a pro-team. Don’t lie to me.
If you had to pick one, choose Scientology, Westboro Baptist Church, or the Bandidos.
I think the answer will show creativity, character and a good understanding of whether or not the candidate is up on current events.
Do you think it’s okay to kiss animals on the lips?
Yes, duh, it’s okay. Any other answer is unacceptable. I kiss my cats on the lips because my cats are delicious and, oh yeah, it allows me to stay on top of their dental health. If a candidate is allergic to animals, you could listen for a second conditional answer such as, “If I had a cat, I would kiss her on the lips.”
So those are my suggestions for great interview questions. Have some, too? Let me know!