There are plenty of people looking for jobs today. However, as an employer, you are not looking for just anyone. You would like to hire the best, most creative employees to work at your business. You recognize that your company is only as strong as your workers. How do you hire the most suitable people? It all starts with the job interview.
Make sure that your interview questions solicit the information that will help you select the individual with the qualities you want. If you use a cookie cutter approach to the interview, it’s likely you’ll get uninspired, cookie cutter answers.
Ask the Right Questions
Rather then asking people what their previous positions were, ask them how they positively impacted their positions at their previous employers. Did they create any processes that increased efficiency? Did they help their employers cut costs, if so, how?
One of the most typical questions to ask a candidate concerns their strengths and weaknesses. Avoid asking them to list these; almost everyone has predetermined answers. Instead ask them what they bring to the culture of a company, or ask them what they do to make their job more satisfying. The responses you get to these types of questions will help you to gauge the actual inventiveness of the person you are interviewing.
If you truly want to see which of your candidates are the most creative, give them a simple task to complete. It doesn’t have to be intricate; you can ask them to write an essay explaining how they would approach their job if hired. You could ask them to jot down their ideas on what their perfect workspace would look like. Ask them to come up with new names for company services or products. Basically, ask them anything that will get their creative juices flowing.
Today’s job market is such that it’s probable that many competent people will apply to your open position. So, in order to sift through these applicants and find the most creative and inventive individuals, change your interview tactics to hone in on these traits.