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Hire a Top Performer Every Time with These Interview Questions. Hiring the right people is extremely hard.

Hire a Top Performer Every Time with These Interview Questions

Not only is the market tightly constrained — especially for tech companies, but the unwritten rules for how to hire are often plain wrong. With more candidates who “look good on paper” going on to flounder at startups, it’s time to rethink what qualities actually make someone a great employee. As the co-founder and CEO of Koru, an immersive business-training program designed for newly-minted job seekers, Kristen Hamilton works to bridge the gap between graduation and employment, and place people in jobs where they’ll excel. Working with candidates who lack real-world experience has had a surprising byproduct — she now has a crystal clear sense of the skills and traits that make people great performers. Hamilton has channeled this knowledge into a new paradigm for what a high-impact hire looks like and how to find one.

They arrived at seven characteristics that, taken together, best translate into someone killing it at their job. Hire a Top Performer Every Time with These Interview Questions. Hiring the right people is extremely hard.

Hire a Top Performer Every Time with These Interview Questions

And with more candidates who “look good on paper” going on to flounder at startups, it’s time to rethink what qualities actually make someone a great employee. As Co-founder and CEO of Koru, the business-training program designed for newly-minted job seekers, Kristen Hamilton helps place people in jobs where they’ll excel. Working with candidates who lack real-world experience has had a surprising byproduct: She now has a crystal clear sense of the skills and qualities that make people great performers. In this exclusive interview, she shares specific interview questions and tactics startups can use to make sure they’re not just hiring the candidates with traditional markers of success, but rather the ones who will actually do an incredible job. How I Conquered the Art of Phone Interviewing. Phone interviews, much like isosceles triangles, are special beasts.

How I Conquered the Art of Phone Interviewing

I’ve never liked phone interviewing. Yes—I’m a card-carrying member of a club that probably includes almost everyone—but I’ve found phone interviews specifically more difficult than, say, public speaking, advocating for my ideas in the workplace, or negotiating with my landlord. I’m actually relatively comfortable in situations that require a degree of confidence and assertiveness, so I haven’t ever had much trouble with in-person interviews.

I’ve just found that I tend to falter specifically in a phone interview setting. Unfortunately, phone interviewing is an essential skill. The 8 Most Impressive Questions You Can Ask in a Job Interview. Job interviews are a two-way street.

The 8 Most Impressive Questions You Can Ask in a Job Interview

The hiring manager asks the applicant questions to figure out if they’re the ideal candidate, while the interviewee asks the employer questions to figure out if they’re the right fit. But even when the hiring manager is the one in the hot seat, they’re still evaluating you as a potential employee. So it’s imperative that you ask good, smart questions—ones that will impress the interviewer. [Related: Preparing Strong Questions to End a Job Interview] Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Local and author of Likeable Social Media, recently asked a few of his friends at the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs, to share the one most impressive interview question applicants have asked (or that they wish applicants would ask).

He published their responses (as well as his own favorite question) in a recent LinkedIn post. Here are our favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Exactly What to Do if You’re Stumped During an Interview. When you don’t know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating.

Exactly What to Do if You’re Stumped During an Interview

You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though—keep these tips in mind the next time you’re strapped for an answer. 1. 4 Skills That Sound Super Impressive During a Job Interview. If you’re in job search mode or even keeping your eye on job openings just in case, then you’re probably wondering what you can do to really get the attention of someone who can give you a job.

4 Skills That Sound Super Impressive During a Job Interview

LinkedIn looked into that very question and analyzed over 330 million member profiles to see which skills are the most important in the job market. The result was that the vast majority of the 25 “hottest” ones were tech-related. Those top skills included things like mobile development, digital marketing, Ruby, and user interface design. So, fine. Now you know that tech skills are important. The Perfect Way to Respond When Asked, “What Are Your Salary Requirements?”

The question “What are your salary requirements?”

The Perfect Way to Respond When Asked, “What Are Your Salary Requirements?”

Can strike fear into the eager hearts of job seekers. A 3-Step Plan for Turning a Job Rejection Into an Opportunity. After acing multiple rounds of interviews, daydreaming about how you’re going to decorate your office, and basking in the warm feeling of having finally found “your people,” you’ve just opened an email that says, “Thank you for applying, but...”

A 3-Step Plan for Turning a Job Rejection Into an Opportunity

Bummer. But before you send a strongly worded email, order a glitter bomb, or dissolve into a puddle of self-pity, take a deep breath and try to read the situation for what it is: You got really close. Final round interviews typically mean you’re competing with only one or two other people. The hiring manager likely remains very impressed with your skills, but for some reason—which may or may not even be related to you—gave the role to someone else. Don’t throw away all the effort you’ve put into this company by moving on without responding. 1. First things first: Say thank you. The key here to not sounding generic or even passively annoyed is to be specific. 2.

5 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview. Job interviews aren’t only about impressing the interviewer; they’re about sparking a new relationship with your future employer.

5 Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

The key to a successful interview is to keep the interviewer talking. Sure, while you want to share why you’re the best candidate for the position, you also don’t want to dominate the interview. On the other hand, if it seems like there’s a lull in the conversation, you also want to keep the conversation going. The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ask Someone to be a Reference. “Iris listed you as a reference,” the caller said.

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Ask Someone to be a Reference

My stomach dropped—Iris hadn’t said anything to me about job hunting, had she? I waffled. “Umm, I’d like to help you, but can you give me a little more information about the job she’s applying for?” The caller refused, citing privacy laws, and hung up—without my recommendation. Iris was my former employee, and I would gladly have recommended her if I’d had any warning, but caught off guard, I fumbled. You’ve already done the hard work of earning good references.

Start Yesterday. How to Do a Video Interview or Conference and Look Natural. If you’re like me, you cringe at the sound of your voice on your outgoing message. So, the thought of filming yourself (for any reason) isn’t one you relish. But hey, we live in a time when YouTube is the number two search engine in the world. Video content is climbing onto a powerful throne. Top companies are picking up the trend and harnessing the power of video to screen, interview, and connect with top talent. Interview Tips for a Role You're Underqualified For. Interview preparation > Apply to Bain. Bain uses a combination of case, written case, and experience interviews in our consultant candidate selection process depending on the local office and the position you're applying for. This page offers some advice to help you prepare for the different scenarios and please also check our #BainVoices blog for some further tips from people who've been through the process. Interview prep video: Different answers to the same interview question This video shows examples of 5 case and 2 experience questions, with 3 different answers to each question.

Watch each question and set of answers and see if you can figure out which answer is the best and why, then hear a Bain interviewer explain which answer was the strongest. Interview prep. Most Common Behavioral Interview Questions. Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished, and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, how do you get there? Lots of practice, ideally aloud. How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions. Acing the Behavioral Interview. "The most accurate predictor of future performance is past performance in a similar situation. " This statement is the premise behind behavioral interviewing, an interviewing technique created in the 1970s by industrial psychologists.

This style of interview is becoming popular with employers, and it can be a challenging experience. Master These 15 Incredibly Common Interview Questions. 1.