A New Spin on Basic Interview Questions


The goal of a good applicant tracking system is to make your life as a recruiter easier, while helping to identify and hire the best candidates for you or your clients. There are many things to consider while reviewing a potential ATS . We’ve identified 4 of the most important areas to consider when selecting an ATS .

Of course, there are classic questions everyone asks during an interview. Exploring these questions and giving them a refreshing spin provides you with a new way to get to know a candidate. To help you get started, we took a few standard questions and gave them a slight remix. During your next interview they could help give you a better idea of who you’re talking to.

Where don’t you want to be in the next year? Everyone always asks candidates where they see themselves in the next five years, but presenting the question in a more digestible timeframe can get you a more realistic answer. Plus, a candidate’s answer can reveal how they view their own career path and what you can do to help make it a reality.

How are you working to fix your biggest weakness? Asking about perceived strengths and weaknesses is standard during the interview process. Take a new approach on the classic question by learning what steps are being taken by the candidate to better themselves and resolve any identified problems. An honest response gives you a sense of a candidate’s self-awareness, as well as how dedicated he or she might be to growing and learning in your workplace.

How would you deal with conflict with a co-worker? This hypothetical questions is usually posed in the context of customer service. Flip the script and explore how they approach the relationships they have with peers in the workplace. Keep an eye out for any red flags that show up in their answer, such as inappropriate communication style or reluctance to share past experiences. These can alert you to a style of conflict resolution that won’t work for your team.

Take stock of your interview questions and determine which ones could be reworked for a different take. Who knows, by the end of the interview you could inspire a candidate to ask you some out-of-the-box questions as well, giving everyone involved the chance to learn more about each other. Happy hiring!

Imani Holmes

Imani is a content specialist at Snagajob , America’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers. When she’s not writing content for employers to read, she can be found updating her blog or channeling her inner rock star at karaoke.

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