Value-Centered Questions to Ask in Your Next Interview
Company values are the most important part of your business plan. They’re a way to share the organization’s beliefs, personality, and culture. They serve as a way for leadership to guide employees’ actions and behaviors. Basically, they fuel your growth.
We already know to hire based on culture-fit. Ultimately, culture-fit is determined by how closely a candidate subscribes to your values. Keep your hiring-process value-centric by mentioning them in your promotional materials, your applications, and your interviews so that your hiring manager can gauge what truly motivates a candidate and decide if there is a good cultural fit and room for growth with the team.
The next time you sit down for an interview, ask value-centered interview questions like these:
Tell me about a time that someone showed you compassion at work?
Describe a situation when you had to develop a working relationship with a difficult client or coworker.
Has your work ever suffered because of missed deadlines (either yours or a co-worker’s?)?
Explain *work-essential tool* to me like a new user.
Can you give me a recent example of how you displayed loyalty or commitment to your team?
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your team’s agreed course of action. Did you speak up- why or why not?
Give an example of a problem that you have personally solved in a unique or creative way?
Tell me about a time when you made a significant mistake at work? What were the consequences?
Describe a recent project you supported, and how it contributed to your company’s growth.
How do you see *role* contributing to our mission to….
Tell me what steps you personally take to build trust with your Supervisor and Co-workers?
Do you feel comfortable pointing out small problems in your workplace? Why or why not?
What job activities do you personally achieve that helps your company build trust with customers?
How do you typically interact with co-workers outside of the workplace? How does it affect your employee happiness?
What would you do if you saw a colleague stealing stationery from the company’s stock?
Questions like these are a great way to determine culture-fit. Take it a step further by getting your current team involved. Brainstorm how company values impact your employees’ day-to-day operations and structure interview questions around real experiences.