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The best question we’ve ever heard

The best question we’ve ever heard

In our years of experience as a recruitment agency, we’ve heard a wide variety of questions from candidates during interviews - usually asked towards the end of the meeting. Some were excellent choices, highlighting the candidate’s positive qualities and some have been downright inappropriate.

Candidates that actively participate in the interview by asking insightful questions demonstrate their initiative and enthusiasm for the role on offer. It is also a chance to show off their knowledge of the company, the industry and share any achievements.

Job interviews are a two-way street and should be as much about the candidate ensuring they are a good fit for the role as they are about the interviewer assessing their suitability.  

So what’s the best question we’ve ever been asked during an interview? Drum roll please….!!!

  • What are the reasons you think I wouldn’t succeed in this role?

Whilst we can’t disclose who asked this question, it was during an interview for a high profile role in the residential real estate industry.  We were very impressed! By asking why they wouldn’t succeed, the candidate forced (propelled/pushed) the interviewer to consider their positive qualities and also provides themselves with a chance to address any negative feedback that may be brought up as a result.

When interviewing a candidate we ask questions that tell us something of their values, work style, level of initiative, personal motivators, strategic thinking, cultural fit, professional development expectations and confidence in their abilities. When a candidate asks us questions in return, it is their chance to sell themselves, outshine other candidates and show us a glimpse of their personality.

Here are some other suggested questions to impress at your next interview:

  • Describe your ideal candidate for this job?
  • What goals does the company wish to achieve in the coming 12 months?
  • What are the key challenges for this role?
  • How would you describe the team culture?
  • What processes are in place to evaluate my performance?
  • Are there any opportunities for professional development?

Candidates that perform well during an interview but don’t actively participate do themselves a disservice and as a consequence may come second place to candidates with similar experience and qualifications that do.