Determining if a candidate has the relevant skills and experience will only be half the battle. The other half will be to to see if they're a good fit for the company. There are plenty of decent questions recruiters ask, but often times, they only give you surface level insights into whether a candidate can adapt well to your company environment.
But why should you consider interviewing someone for cultural fit? This is because for your company to reach its goals and be a success, you first need to have teams who will work harmoniously, and are willing to collaborate with other members as smoothly as possible.
To help those looking to make great cultural hires, here are seven questions to determine if the people you are bringing on will be the right fit for your company. Download the free kit for the detailed explanation.
1. How do you rely on others to make you better?
This question will allow them the opportunity to showcase how self aware they are. People, specially new hires, don't know everything, but if they are aware of their strengths and limitations and can speak to them both with transparency and candor, then you've got a good one there.
2. Who inspires you and why?
Learn who their points of inspiration are. Who are their role models are and what makes those people special to the candidate. Believe us, you can garner quite a few insights from this question because it'll give you a sneak peak into the behavioral patterns an individual respects and models themselves after.
3. What environment do you thrive in the most and what drives your passion?
The answer to this may also give you insight into how this candidate prefers to work alone uninterrupted or perhaps does best on a team.
4. What motivates you to get up and work every day?
For companies that want to grow and want to have the best culture and employer brand, it's important for them to let their employees be emotionally invested in coming to work.
5. How would your coworkers describe your work style and contributions in your former job?
Some candidates would probably answer this awkwardly. It's pretty uncomfortable, honestly, but hopefully their responses would be balanced.
6. Tell me about a bad professional relationship you’ve had. Why didn’t it work?
There are offices with high pressure environments, and emotions can just blow the lid off the kettle. Everybody has had that experience with a terrible boss, or a colleague that just really irritating. This question will help you understand the root cause of the relationship and how they overcame the situation.
7. What’s your favorite non-professional activity?
It’s always important to try and understand what kind of person you're about to hire is, and how they are outside of work is the best way to do it.