“What are some out-of-the-box interview questions I can ask that will give me more insight on a candidate?” – Brad K.

You already have a list of essential questions you ask in every interview that helps you learn more about a candidate’s skills and work ethic, but what about questions that can help you better determine fit and personality? Thinking outside of the box and incorporating unique questions in your interview process is a great way to get to know someone better. Some companies such as Google and JetBlue are infamous for their kooky interview questions (How many cows are in Canada, etc.), but a solid question doesn’t have to be crazy to be effective . Check out the examples below and get inspired to come up with some of your own “off the wall” questions.

What does your perfect day look like? This questions is a great way to learn more about what a candidate enjoys doing in their free time and their passions outside of the workplace. Whether they revel in the beauty of the great outdoors or would prefer snuggling up with their Netflix queue, you’ll get the opportunity to ask related follow-up questions and discover what really keeps them motivated  while working a shift.

What was your favorite part of your last job? Interested in learning what gets a candidate pumped at work? Ask this question. Their answer can clue you in on how they might excel on the job and the different skills they could bring to the team. If they can’t come up with an adequate answer, ask what they wish they had gotten the chance to do in their last position. A candidate that can’t answer either question should raise an interview red flag.

Where don’t you want to be in five years? A twist on the classic question that can give you glimpse into the future. Encourage the candidate to really give it some thought before responding and remind them there is no right or wrong answer. No matter what answer you get, you can plan on how this candidate will fit into your team. Perhaps this is the start of a new career with your company or simply  a qualified person who can help keep things afloat for the season. an honest answer can help you make your final hiring decision.

Adding these and similar questions to your interview process can help you learn more about a candidate and identify the best fits for you team.

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