Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-17-2013

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Take a Seat  Have the candidate sit before the interview for 10 to 15 minutes near some employees. See if they try to engage their potential future coworkers, and how so.

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Observation Station  If they've interviewed with another manager or peer before you, ask for their impressions of that person. Are their impressions accurate? Perceptive?

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Inquiring Minds  Do they ask questions about you? Do they attempt to find common areas of interest, shared values?

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Leisure Pursuits  Find out what they do in their off-hours. Do they seek out competitive or creative outlets?

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Trophy Case  Ask if they ever won a contest—work-related or not—and what they had to do to earn it.

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Clear Thinking  Get a sense of whether they make inquiries that speak to their pursuit of clarity of details.

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Total Recall  Ask them to summarize something you described earlier in the conversation, to access whether they both listened well and understood it.

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques

Prior Experience  Find out what their first job was. If they worked to buy things or pay for school when they were younger, it demonstrates early work-ethic development.

Eight Great Job-Interviewing Techniques