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  • Writer's picturegarrison gibbons

Hiring Managers: Stop With The Cliche Interview Questions

A few weeks ago, I caused *a bit of a stir* when I called for the banning of cover letters. Well (shocking no one) — I have more to say!

Reevaluate your interview questions. Do they consist of 3 or more of the following:

🥱 Tell me about yourself.

🥱 What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?

🥱 Why are you looking to leave your current position?

🥱 What’s your greatest achievement?

🥱 What’s a challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?

🥱 What would your current boss/coworkers say about you?

🥱 Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?

🥱 Why should we hire you?

I hate to break it to you... but EVERY candidate has prepped answers to the above! You are doing yourself and your company a disservice by asking the predictable.

Be human for Pete’s sake (whoever Pete may be...)

An interview in 2021 should be conversational, consisting of sporadic questions relevant to the job the candidate is applying. You can still dive into the candidate's background and experience — just do so in a way that flows naturally and isn't trite!

Today, candidates are looking to work for REAL human beings.

Authenticity is the key to landing top talent.

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