Interviewing potential job candidates can be time consuming and at times repetitive. It can be a challenge to get a sense of what motivates someone and if their skill set fits the needs of your practice. Typically, interview questions can be split into two categories: questions about ability/experience and questions about character. Perhaps the hardest questions to ask and evaluate are those based on character. What questions will determine how motivated a person is? Are they honest? Are they compassionate? Certain elements of the job requirements can be learned through training, but a person’s character can make an immense impact on your practice and your patients. During your next round of interviews, try asking questions that can’t be answered with generalities.
- Tell me about someone whose life you positively changed. What would that person say if I called them to chat about you? Think of this as an informal reference check. This can be a coworker, friend or family member. The key is that this is an opportunity to learn more about your candidate’s ability to help, inspire and mentor people.
- What is your spirit animal? This is a creative way of telling them about your personality, and this question is all about cultural fit. If someone tells you they are a shark or a dog, it could be a telling sign into their personality type.
- What was your greatest accomplishment in high school? While the inclination may be to look back on academic accomplishments, it could be interesting to hear stories about life lessons and personal growth.
- What was your favorite part of your last job? – This gets away from the negative connotation associated with, “What was your least favorite part…”. The answer can help uncover what motivates a candidate and where they get the most sense of accomplishment.
- After the interview, ask the person at the front desk about their interaction with the candidate. How people treat others can be a testament to their compassion and openness and if they view those they encounter as equals.
Hiring the right people can not only have an impact on your practice’s productivity and bottom line, but it can impact your patient’s view of your business. Asking a few questions outside of the box can help peel back the layers of someone’s personality and if they will fit within your organization. If you would like to learn more about how AudStandard’s specialists to locate and pinpoint top talent in the industry contact us today.