What’s love got to do with it?
As I sift through interview guides for different positions - I wonder…
As I review websites and articles searching for the next best interview questions to ask - I wonder…
As I substitute a question in my interview guide with a new one I find as I try to compile the perfect combination of questions to ensure we’re asking the right questions to help identify the right candidates - I wonder…
Is all of this really necessary?
As you read this now you may be forming an opinion on the outrageous thoughts above and wondering where I am going with this. Recently I read a compelling article entitled, “Top Executive Recruiters agree there are only three true job interview questions” contributed to by George Bradt - and I will admit it made me laugh out loud. It also made me wonder. Bradt contends that the only three true job interview questions are:
- Can you do the job?
- Will you love the job?
- Can we tolerate working with you?
I would imagine many of us are now considering this and wondering – “Is this possible? Is it really so simple?” Most likely not, but it does make one pause for a moment and think about what questions you are asking and why. Do you currently spend so much time asking technical questions that you under value or flat out disregard the need to appreciate if your candidate will be the right “fit” for the team or department?
I enjoyed this article by George, in that he talked about any question you may pose will be in some way a variation of one of the three questions above. This is a helpful reminder to us all to ensure we are considering the full spectrum of needs the hiring manager/department has and keeping these thoughts in mind as you work on filling the opportunity.
As recruiters, we are motivated to show our expertise and passion with an appreciation of the technical, which of course is valid, but let us all continue to work and keep in mind the importance of the cultural fit of the potential team member and the team. To borrow a final thought from the legendary Tina Turner to illustrate the last final important piece of the puzzle, “What’s love got to do with it!?”
I encourage you to review George Bradt’s article, “Top Executive Recruiters agree there are only three true job interview questions.”
Post contributed by Jeff Jurinak
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