11 Must-Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Glassdoor for Employers

Behavioral interviewing uses strategically-composed questions to share how a candidate’s past performance might support a hiring company’s future needs. Focusing in on both hard and soft skills, the questions drill down into several layers of a job seeker’s value proposition, unearthing interview gold. The answers, if articulated well, will convince the employer that the job seeker is a fit — or not — for an open opportunity.

Behavioral Interview Questions: What You Need to Know

The Hire Talent

Seasoned recruiters and HR departments know very well the distinction between traditional interview questions and behavioral interview questions. This type of interview helps companies learn whether a candidate is the best fit for a particular job.


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How to Build Smart Job Descriptions

Recruiting Blogs

You post jobs online; track and analyze candidates with AI; measure the pulse of your organization; provide real-time feedback to employees – all in a bid to be more productive, strategic and stay ahead of the huge demands on your shoulders. But here’s something to think about: what’s the one thing that you work on for every job and employee, but you’re probably doing the same way your company did it 20 years ago? Job descriptions. . What is a Smart Job Description?

What Hiring Managers Need to Know About Recruiting Engineers

Recruiting Daily Advisor

List the Requirements Needed to Get the Job, Not Do the Job. When writing the technical section of a job description, far too many companies fill the technical requirements with a list of every technology the software engineer might work with.

How to Conduct a Soft Skills Interview in 4 Easy Steps


Hard skills will get you the job, but soft skills will make you successful.” - Me, at least 3 times per week However, sometimes this can seem overwhelming. Step 1: The Job Requirements At first glance, you might think you know what goes into a position.

Must Haves vs. Positive Indicators with Mode’s Director of Talent Acquisition


Longtime listener Bailey Douglass , Director of Talent Acquisition at data analytics platform Mode, joins Hiring on All Cylinders to discuss recruiting recruiters, training interviewers, and how less is more when it comes to job ads. Tune in to hear the team discuss: Why your internal job description shouldn't be the same as your public job ad. How structured interviewing minimizes the impact of unconscious bias.

Soft Skill Interview Questions to Land the Right Talent

Gecko Recruiting

Hard skills are the technical skills that people learn as part of the job. Fortunately, we have the best soft skill interview questions that will help you find the best talent. Best Soft Skill Interview Questions. This question helps the interviewer look for leadership skills.

How to Identify and Interview Results-Driven Candidates

Glassdoor for Employers

Fortunately, using a meaty job description that qualifies position fit, alongside a storied, behavioral interview process, can help to achieve these measurable recruiting goals. Jason Alba, entrepreneur, author and job search innovator/owner of the Job Search Program identifies strategic questions employers can ask to ensure a position fit, while also vetting candidates for culture alignment, problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills and more.

Conflict Resolution Skills: Examples and Assessment

The Hire Talent

When we hire talent, we need to look beyond job descriptions and focus on finding people who match the organizational culture to become assets and future leaders. Assertiveness is a skill and behavior we can apply on all levels and areas of our personal, social, and work lives.

Worth the (Calculated) Risk: Hiring Executives from Nontraditional Career Paths

Brazen Recruiting

We’ve all seen it: that candidate whose resume doesn’t really match the job requirements, yet there’s something about her overall experience that piques our interest. Perhaps she took a “gap year” after school or between jobs; maybe she spent time working in a completely different field. If we listened to our gut and invited the candidate in for an interview, we may have been impressed with how her unique career path has afforded her a different perspective and approach.

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7 Best Hiring Practices for Small Business Owners in 2019

Glassdoor for Employers

While you may be eager to begin hiring, don’t share job listings or start interviewing candidates until you’re ready to act quickly, said Arlene Donovan, founder and CEO of Turning Point Coaching in Connecticut. Spend less time on the job description. Business owners and hiring managers tend to write lengthy job descriptions that include paragraphs about the company, job duties and responsibilities in addition to a long list of required skills, Markow said.

How to Hire Qualified RNs, CNAs and LVNs at Your Home Health Agency


Create Compelling Job Descriptions. Job descriptions enable you to speak directly to the talent you need to staff your home healthcare agency – and sell them on the benefits of working for your company. Each description should be tailored to the specific role and include the following: Company description. Ask Compliant Interview Questions. Asking the right interview questions is key when it comes to identifying the right candidate.

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9 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid in Your Recruitment Process

The Hire Talent

In the Internet age, getting poor employer branding reviews on reputable career websites can ruin your reputation among job seekers, potential collaborators, etc. You Post Vague and Fluffy Job Descriptions. Involve the team in writing the job descriptions.

Employability Skills: How to Hire the Best Candidates [+Lists]

The Hire Talent

Employees need to master such skills every day on the job. Therefore, the recruiters’ goal is to select the ones that are crucial for the job position and evaluate candidates to find the best possible matches. Why are employability skills critical for job performance?

5 Ways to Get Intentional with Leadership Hiring in 2020

Recruiting Daily Advisor

What’s worse, research from Gallup found that companies fail to choose the right candidate for management jobs 82% of the time. This means you need to do more than skim the old job ad. Adequately prepare for the interview. Create (and Revise) a Comprehensive Job Description.

8 Key Interview Questions to Ask in the Age of COVID

Glassdoor for Employers

Living and working in the midst of a pandemic has affected everyone, which is why it's so important to adapt your interview questions accordingly. Here are 8 questions to consider adding to your interviews for the foreseeable future. Related: How to Interview for Culture Fit.

7 of the Biggest Hiring Time Wasters and How to Get Rid of Them


Social media is a fast and easy (and free) way to advertise your job opportunities, communicate with candidates, educate them about your company and build awareness about your corporate culture. The more job seekers understand about your company and what you are looking for, the more likely they are to weed themselves out (if they are not a good match), and the less time you will spend sorting through irrelevant resumes. Time Waster #2: Crazy Job Titles.

15 Common Phone Interview Questions to Screen Candidates Fast

The Hire Talent

Phone interviews are nothing new in the recruitment process. Of course, now we have enough tech tools to conduct an interview from a reasonable distance and still have a satisfactory “live” conversation with applicants. 5 Common Phone Interview Questions about the Candidate.

15 Tough Interview Questions Candidates Won’t Expect

The Hire Talent

As professional recruiters, we know that we have to go beyond run-of-the-mill interviews and draft some tough interview questions to challenge the candidates when we want to hire talent. Why Do We Need to Ask Candidates Tough Interview Questions?

What Are Interpersonal Skills and How Do We Test Them?

The Hire Talent

What positions and job roles need high levels of interpersonal skills? In a business environment, we describe such skills as a set of aptitudes, behaviors, and personal traits that help people interact, communicate, and work well with others. Does a candidate have good people skills?

Eliminating These 3 Common Tools Will Disrupt (and Improve) Your Hiring Process

Linkedin Talent Blog

It’s no secret that I consider psychological pseudo-tests like Predictive Index and DISC for assessing candidates as counterproductive, the use of behavioral interviewing as misguided and that the marketing of skills- and experience-laden job descriptions as ineffective for attracting the best and most diverse talent. Behavioral interviews. For different reasons, I find traditional behavioral interviewing also counterproductive and of limited value.

Hiring Mistakes Cost – 5 Ways to Avoid Them

NPA Worldwide

Focus the evaluation of the prospective candidate against how they fit the first year goals and expectations rather than a list of job duties. 1- Better to evaluate the candidate against what you expect them to accomplish rather than a static job description. Interview the candidates for desired intangibles. It is easy to get very focused on behavioral interview questions developed from the job description and key requirements of the position.

What You Need to Ask the Hiring Manager In Order to Source the Right Candidate

Linkedin Talent Blog

Having just finished a series of meetings with a group of hiring managers and their recruiters, I am more convinced than ever that lack of understanding of real job needs is the root cause of too few qualified candidates. However, my recruiting effectiveness dropped when I started to get assignments for jobs I knew little about. This list of 6-8 time-phased key performance objectives (KPOs) soon became known as a performance-based job description.

Interview Tips: Landing Your Dream Job

Professional Alternatives

A job interview can be stressful even under the best of circumstances but if you are unemployed or have some other factor that increases its importance, it can be absolutely terrifying. List several questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and/or the industry.

8 Actions That Recruiters Stand By To Reduce Hiring Mistakes

NPA Worldwide

Interview for desired intangibles. It is easy to get very focused on behavioral interview questions developed from the job description and key requirements of the position. We tailor interview questions to successfully evaluate all aspects of the candidate that will impact performance. . Evaluate the potential candidate against goals and expectations, not job descriptions. Interview answers and feedback (tangible and intangible.)

15 Interview Questions to Ensure Candidate Quality

Glassdoor for Employers

On the surface, interviewing a candidate for an available job sounds easy. With the job description in hand describing specific skill sets and experience, the recruiter or hiring manager fires off a dozen questions or so and voila, they are equipped to make a hiring decision. If only interviewing were that simple. As such, three of Goldman’s favorite interview questions to ensure candidate quality include: Interview Questions to Ask Candidates.

Structured interview – Why they’re the best for your recruitment efforts


In the following article, we’re going to discuss the various interview formats you can use along with their benefits, as well as tell you how to prepare and conduct a structured interview. Structured interview definition. Unstructured interview definition and overview.

How to Prepare Candidates for Job Interviews?

Recruit CRM

It, therefore, is the job of every recruiter to ensure that every candidate is briefed well before assigning them to any client selection process. Most candidates have one format of resume that they have created painstakingly, and they end up sending it with every job application.

25 Recruiting Tools and Documents Every Company Should Have


Job description template. Job descriptions should, of course, be tailored to the role but it doesn’t hurt to have a partially completed template you can fill in. Job profile. You can learn what specific skills and background they’re seeking and use those details to complete the job description. Job boards list. Having a list of job boards handy for the different roles on your hiring roadmap will help your team stay on track.

Using an Ability Test to Screen Candidates | All You Need to Know

The Hire Talent

In the pre-employment assessment practices, recruiters and companies use several abilities tests to understand a candidate’s potential to perform in a particular position on job-related tasks. Depending on the job and the candidate profile , an ability test can take various forms.

The Startup Hiring Guide: Hiring for rapid growth from 5 to 50


We’ve spent the time to curate the best thinking on everything from employer branding and headhunting to the interview process. How to write job descriptions. Creating an interview process. Where to post your jobs. Hiring is everyone’s job, especially sourcing.

The Multitasking Test: How to Find Superheroes

The Hire Talent

A Multitasking Test Can Be a Job Performance Predictor. With technology taking over every aspect of our jobs, no recruiter or company can ignore the multitasking ability in our modern times. Abilities – Personality – Behavior – Multitasking: What is the Correlation?

We asked recruiters to give their biggest pains in tech recruitment


Interviews. Finding an interviewer panel for a role. Talking with candidates about the details of the job offer. Scheduling technical interviews. Tech interviews. Scheduling interviews. Convincing candidates to do interviews. Unstable job market.

How the Best Companies Interview Top Candidates

Glassdoor for Employers

So, how can the every day recruiter or talent acquisition leader learn how to interview better? Glassdoor recently revealed its Best Places to Work award winners, and as a part of the honor, we asked many of the companies’ executives to share with us their tips and tricks for interviewing top candidates in this ultratight labor market. Tip #1: Present a variety of candidates with a case interview. We use case interview techniques for some positions,” says Maceda.

30+ Reference Check Questions to Learn More about Your Candidates

The Hire Talent

You can base your hiring decision on the candidates’ resumes, pre-employment assessment tests, and in-person interviews. In short, this process helps you to: Detect potential warnings and issues regarding the candidate’s previous behaviors, weaknesses, attitudes, etc.

How to Predictably Hire the Most Successful Candidates Using Structured Interview Questions

Breezy HR

We’ve already talked about what defines a structured interview , and why structured interviews are such good predictors of job performance. Now, we’re going to show you how to run a structured interview – using consistent interview questions that show you the best people for the job, every time. But we’ll be real with you up front: This is not as quick-n-easy as jotting down a few questions before you head to the interview room.

Hiring to Your Values: Transform Your Recruiting & Hiring Process


Put values into all job descriptions , career site copy, FAQs, email communiques and advertisements. This can be as simple as looking for a word match and be as complex as having a version of your values in your interviewing process. Link your values to behaviors.

Identifying Core Competencies When Hiring

Newton Software

There are two different categories of core competencies: technical qualifications (skills, knowledge, expertise) and behavioral characteristics (personality, culture fit). Use Structured Interviews – Having a structured interview process is the best place to start for any company in any industry. Structured interviews reduce bias and time to interview by giving you the exact roadmap you need to make the best hiring decision.

The Golden Rule of Recruiting: BCU Just Wants To Have Fun


The talent acquisition team currently leverages Convey for Interviewing to effectively and efficiently interview candidates. Candidate experience is the feeling the candidate has from the first time they read our job posting to the face-to-face interview. Where do you feel candidates get the most frustrated while looking for a new job? Candidates see a lot of jobs posted, go through lengthy application processes, get excited and then hear nothing.

15+ HR Assessment Tools to Use from Us this Year

The Hire Talent

In pre-employment testing, HR assessment tools play a crucial role in screening candidates, differentiating between them, and selecting the ones who match the job profile the best. Cognitive tests are excellent job performance predictors, among others. The Power Interview Guide.