While it’s tempting to focus on a candidate’s technical ability and professional experience, together with their salary expectations—a few pointed questions around their alignment to your company values can quickly reveal the right hire.
There is one caveat though; you need to live and breathe your company values otherwise using them as a barometer for hiring success is fruitless.
1. We care deeply about people
Can you give me an example of a time where you have taken care of a co-worker? What’s a client-facing problem you’ve needed to solve, and how did you go about solving that? What’s important to you in a prospective workplace?
2. We are passionate experts
What are you passionate about? What makes a great technical consultant? What does Business Intelligence / Customer Care / Training / Solutions etc. mean to you?
3. Our innovations advance our industry
Can you give me an example of a time in your career where you have “owned the outcome”? What are you most proud of in your career to date? What are you going to do to keep on top of the latest technology advancements?
4. We create value in every relationship
Who throughout your career would you regard as your professional mentor? How would you last/current manager describe you?
5. We are easy to work with
What do you like to do outside of work? What does ‘administration’ and ‘process’ mean to you? What does accountability mean to you? What do you know you need to improve on?
6. We keep promises
Would you rather be 100% right and miss a deadline, or 85% right and make the deadline? What are some genuine reasons for not doing what you say?
Of course, it’s essential to complement these questions with inquiries about an applicant’s professional experience and technical acumen. But, even the highest skilled, most knowledgeable and talented candidates may be a poor investment in the long-term if their values are misaligned with your organisation.
By asking these kinds of questions up front, you can save yourself and your company time and money on poor personnel investments, while doing your utmost to ensure every new starter is given every opportunity to succeed.
By Ashley Braybon, Business Operations and Project Consultant at Sensei