We have written a complete and detailed list of original interview questions to identify your candidates' soft skills. Help them reveal their full potential and show you who they are.
What you'll learn:
This ebook also presents our survey results "What soft skills do you look for in candidates?"
According to the Collins English Dictionary, soft skills define the “desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude". They are often difficult to assess. However, they bring great value to a job or a company as they go way beyond technical skills.
Asking the right questions during an interview is a great way to identify soft skills. Therefore, it is important to prepare and tailor questionnaires according to positions. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important in recruiting. They help employers anticipate how well the employee will:
Before you choose which questions to ask, start by meeting up with your teams and hiring managers to make sure you are all aligned on what you are looking for in a candidate. The work you do may take some time but is crucial for the next steps of hiring and says a lot about who you are as a company and your people.
If you ask a manager “what kind of person are you looking for for this position? ”, they might answer "I want someone like John or Jane”. In that case, try and define together John's or Jane’s personality traits and understand what makes them so successful, productive, efficient, etc.
A few things to be cautious about:
It's about finding the right balance between original questions that don’t destabilize candidates, but precise and open enough to let them express themselves and show you who they are.