The Perfect Interview Question

Victoria Shepherd

Victoria Shepherd

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22 April 2015

We suggest that there is a simple question which should be posed to each and every candidate your business interviews

“If you weren’t appointed to the role,
what would we be missing out on?”

It is not a question the candidate will typically be expecting. This is a huge positive as far as you are concerned as it allows you to see how quickly the candidate (who is, after all, your potential employee) is able to think on their feet. Being able to think quickly and react to an unexpected situation is likely to be a significant asset in the workplace.

The question also gives the candidate the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of your business and the role they are applying for. A flaky answer may suggest a lack of motivation – and the last thing you want is to recruit a new employee who is unable to self-motivate!

It puts the candidate on the spot and gives them the floor. Put in such situations, people can often reveal all sorts of things about their character and, as such, this could unearth valuable information for you.

Finally, the question is non-discriminatory. You may or may not be aware that claims for discrimination can even be brought by unsuccessful job applicants who believe they have been put at a disadvantage in relation to a protected characteristic. This question can offer a non-discriminatory reason for justifying the appointment of one candidate over another who is less suited to the role. Make a note of the answer you’re given and this will assist your defence against any claim the candidate may attempt to bring.

You will probably be aware of questions that you cannot not pose during an interview, these include anything that could potentially be of a discriminatory nature. Of course, should you have any queries about questions you should not pose or further assistance with your recruitment processes, please feel free to contact us.

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