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When looking to hire new employees, there is no more important time than the interview. Interviewing a potential employee allows you to get a sense of the person’s qualifications as well as how they will fit in with the company.

The key to finding the best candidates is asking the right questions. If you want to gauge the reliability and dependability of job candidates, consider asking these questions.

  1. Tell me about a time your workday ended before you were able to finish your task. Asking this question allows you to get a sense for the candidate’s work ethic and whether you can count on the person to commit to a task and finish it. If the person says that they leave at a certain time no matter what or complains about their workload or schedule, there is a good chance that person is not someone you can rely on to see things through. On the other hand, if the person says that they stayed late to finish their work, or that they prioritize and manage tasks so that they can finish them in their allotted time, it is likely that person will be someone you can depend on to complete their work in a timely manner.
  2. Tell me about a time you had an argument with a co-worker. This question allows you to evaluate whether the candidate has good interpersonal skills and whether they can be counted to get along with others and successfully deal with conflict. If the person places all the blame on others, that candidate may not be someone you can rely on to succeed in your company’s environment. If, on the other hand, the candidate takes the blame for the situation and talks about how they successfully worked through it, that person may be someone that can be counted on to come through in difficult situations.
  3. Tell me about the most difficult decision you had to make recently. This question allows you to evaluate the candidate’s reliability under pressure and in tough situations. A candidate that has recently dealt with a tough situation and successfully worked through it is more likely to be dependable to come through when faced with more difficulties in the future.
  4. Tell me about a time you were right but still had to follow instructions. This question gives you a sense of whether the candidate can be depended on to take direction and work well with others, two crucial skills in a work environment.
  5. Tell me about a time when personal issues pulled you away from work and how you handled it. At one time or another, we are all faced with personal issues that force us to put work on hold. Getting a sense of how a candidate handles these very difficult scenarios will allow you to tell if the person is someone who can be counted on in difficult situations.

To learn more about FlexiCorps and how we can help you with all of your staffing needs, contact us today. Our staffing and recruitment specialists are here to help you reach your goals.

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