Every company knows that it’s important to have a variety of questions to ask candidates during an interview. We ask candidates questions, so that we can gauge how well they will be able to carry out their duties, as well as how well they will get along with their potential coworkers. Some of us have the habit of focusing on what we want to ask candidates that we don’t often take time out to stop and think about what candidates should be asking us. Any good candidate is fully aware that they will be expected to ask their own questions. While there are hundreds of good questions out there, there are three questions in particular that when asked, you may want to consider stopping your search and hiring the candidate who asks these three questions.
“Are There Any Concerns You Have About Hiring Me for the Position?”This is probably the best question that any candidate could ever ask. When a candidate questions whether or not you have any concerns about them being able to successfully carry out the duties of the position, it tells you that the candidate wants you to be upfront with them, and that they’re willing to take what you tell them and learn from it. It also tells you that they want the opportunity to prove to you that they are best person for the job.
When you list the concerns you have about the candidate, it will either give your candidate the chance to extinguish your concerns, or it will be something that they can change about themselves in the near future. This means that even if you don’t hire them, there could be a time where there reapply to your company, and they will have more than likely worked on the things that you were concerned about.
“If Hired, What Are Some Projects that You Would Like Me to Work On First?”When a candidate asks you this question, it is showing you that they are ready to work. It is also showing you that they want to figure out the best plan of action to take. Knowing what the priority projects of the job are, will allow a candidate to begin scheduling how to work on these projects even before you have offered them the position. A candidate who asks this question is often someone who works well with little to no direction. They have no problems with taking the lead to get things done, and they are usually capable of handling multiple large projects at one time.
This question is also a great indicator of how respectful a candidate will be if they are hired. There are few things worse than hiring someone who comes in and tries to make their own decisions on what should be done first and what can wait. Having a candidate ask you what you want them to do first shows that they respect you, and want to know what they can do to make your job easier.
“What Do You Think Are the Company’s Biggest Challenges?”A candidate who asks this question is someone who will take time to think about what they can do to help overcome any challenges that the company may be facing. This type of candidate usually has exceptional critical thinking skills, and does well with planning for the future. When a candidate asks this question, it is often a great indicator that they will see the position as much more than a paycheck. They want to come up with ways to improve the company, so that the company can overcome whatever challenges it has.
Candidates will ask all types of questions when applying to open positions. You want to make sure you hire the ones that seem to show that they are more interested in finding out what they can do for your company, rather than what your company can do for them.