11 questions to test candidate creativity

In today’s job market, it seems that candidates need more than an impressive CV to catch a recruiter's eye. With an increased emphasis being placed on soft skills and interaction levels, recruiters have to re-imagine a whole host of new questions designed to glean an insight into candidates’ personalities.

That’s according to Edward Fleischman, CEO of Execu Search. He revealed what recruiters should ask candidates to assess their cultural fit in an interview with Business Insider.

Fleischman explained: “Though the specific personality traits employers are looking for are subjective to the role and the organisation, some qualities that are a good indication of success in a role include organisational and communication skills, great team player, strong leadership skills, an ability to think on your feet, drive, and initiative.”

The list includes questions which look outside a candidates work life and into their personal interactions. One such question is “What drives you in your professional life?” Check out the full list of questions below.

Fleischman claimed that this interview technique allows recruiters to assess applicants’ motivational styles.

“As cultural fit becomes more important to employers and their business as a whole,” he explained, “many look for candidates whose goals align with theirs, and asking this question allows them to assess what exactly a candidate's goals are.”

While cultural fit is important, recruiters also have to ensure that candidates have the hard skills to do the job at hand. If you are looking for inspiration on how to gauge that, check out some of the trickiest questions Apple, LinkedIn  and Snapchat have asked prospective employees.

Top 11 questions to gauge candidates’ creativity

  1. If your best friend was sitting here, what would they say is the best part about being your friend?
  2. If you could change one thing about the way you approach challenges, what would it be?
  3. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
  4. What has been the most satisfying moment in your life?
  5. How would your last supervisor describe you in three words?
  6. What drives you in your professional life?
  7. What types of hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
  8. Can you take me through a scenario at work that was particularly stressful for you, and how you handled it?
  9. What drives you in your personal life?
  10. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be and why?
  11. Have you ever played on a sports team?


How do you asses a candidate’s personality? Tell us in the comments…

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