How Does Your Applicant View the Future?

A great variety of questions can be asked during the hiring interview. In the following examples, you want the applicant to give you an idea of what the future looks like:

  • What do you see as growth potential for you personally with our company?
  • Where would you like to be in six months with our company? In one year?
  • Do you feel working for us is a stepping stone for something more important to you in the future? If so, tell me your thoughts on this.

Some applicants have not thought much about “the future” with a new company. Some are looking no further than to be gainfully employed, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But some have a very definite vision of where they’d like to be and how much of a contributor they can be for you.

The above questions, and others like them, will provide some great insights into this area.

Note: I was asked not too long ago what “gainful” meant in terms of gainful employment. I have to admit I had to look it up in the dictionary. “Gainful” employment is work for which one is paid.



 

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1 thought on “How Does Your Applicant View the Future?”

  1. Klaus Genstch

    Awesome Stan. There you can see a lot of affinity coming out of the right people when asked these questions.

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