Here is an interesting approach to the hiring interview.
Ask the applicant a series of questions about how he handled certain tasks at his previous jobs and how he might handle specific tasks with your company.
Questions along the lines of:
In what ways did you help out fellow employees?
How did you sort out conflicts with other employees?
What were the three key things you did to assist the company in achieving its goals?
How would you assist our company to prosper?
Which questions you ask is not that crucial.
The point here is to add up all of the times the applicant said “I” and all of the times he said “we.”
Did the applicant go on and on using the word “I” or did he get a few “we’s” in there? Did he use the “we” word a good number of times?
This approach could give you a quick clue as to how team-oriented your applicant is.
Does he only think in terms what he is capable of doing or does he believe that considerably more can be accomplished with an emphasis on team work.
It’s good to hear what he thinks of himself and his skills. That’s why he’s in front of you being interviewed. But it’s also nice to hear a few “we’s” from time to time.
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