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Questions with Substance: How to Interview to Find the Right People

When you’re looking to fill any kind of role in your company, filling it with the right people is imperative. A 30-minute or one-hour interview is a small amount of time to measure and observe a person’s talents, skills, persona and traits. Here are some questions to include in those interviews to dig a little deeper:

What do you know about our company, and why do you think you’d be a great fit?

I’ll regularly throw in something like, “What did you like most about the website or what did you learn by visiting our site?” Instant red flag response to this question? “I haven’t had a chance to visit your website.” Someone who hasn’t taken the time to research your company shows a lack of interest and work ethic, among other things – probably not a good type to hire.

What is your desired salary range?

This is an obvious question that will give you a good idea of whether or not your expectations align.

What are you passionate about (or what motivates you)?

This is a good question for an in-person interview, but is also a great qualifying question. If the individual seems far more passionate about something that does not align with your company’s mission, purpose, product or service in any way, perhaps they would be better fit to follow a job that can serve that passion.

What is on your bucket list?

I love asking this one. It gives me great insight into who the person truly is, at their essence. It shows me what they aspire to do, who they care about and where they see the future headed. Their answers demonstrate characteristics and traits about relationships, dreams, interests, elements of happiness and many other things. It also gives me the opportunity to contribute to what they have on their bucket list if we do end up hiring the prospective team member.

If money was of no concern and you could have any job on the planet, what would it be and why?

You may think the answer should be whatever it is that they are applying for, but we like hearing otherwise. Though we want the folks who are applying to be HVAC techs at Champion AC to be interested and passionate about what they are doing, we know there is more behind the answer. This answer can tell you much about the prospect’s interest. It can also help you find ways to interweave elements of the so-called dream job into the job you are hiring for. We’ve heard everything from professional ice cream taster to president. If nothing else, it’s good for a sense of humor gauge and a good laugh.

Just five questions, but the answers will provide tremendous insight. Give them a try in your next interview, and let me know what kind of response you receive.

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About Ben Hubbert

Benjamin Hubbert, President of Champion AC, is a former USAF Combat Controller (12 years, 4 Tours), who has now committed to helping San Antonio reduce our community’s demands on the energy grid. Ben brings an innovative perspective to marketing and customer service. He ensures that Champion AC is a household name, educating the public with…