“Why would you like to join our company?”
Let’s face it, you and your team have asked this question to each candidate during an interview. While it’s a valid question, the problem is it often gets the same answer. Like this: “I would like to join an ambitious company and participate in its exciting development with its passionate people…”.
It’s not a bad answer, but it doesn’t reveal much about the individual applicant.
To shake up your interviews and get the most authentic answers from your candidates, we’ve complied:
Why is this so important?
89% of new hires fail because of poorly aligned motivations or personality
To avoid the disconnect, interviewers can leverage interview questions that evaluate soft skills. Soft skills reveal people, social, and communication skills, along with character or personality traits, attitudes, and mindsets.
Soft skills are becoming increasingly important in recruiting. They help employers anticipate how well the employee will fit in a team and the company, perform at the company, and what kinds of personal and professional development within the organization will be of interest.
(This image depicts areas of soft and hard skills. Learn more about soft skills and how they break down into business-related, team-related, and job-related skills in “Top 100 interview questions to identify soft skills”).
Let’s dig into those top questions broken down by the top 20 soft skills.
Now that you have some of the top interview questions, how does technology serve soft skills?
60% of candidates drop out of a selection process that is too long or complicated
Therefore, planning the selection process is essential to provide the best experience for candidates, and at the same time, evaluate them accurately. Using technology to optimize a selection process while learning more about a candidate never fails.
Pre-recorded and live video interviews are excellent tools to detect the skills that the candidate needs for the position and assess non-verbal language.
Benefits of video interviewing:
Want to learn even more about soft skills and how to evaluate them in the interview process? Check out our upcoming webinar Identifying Soft Skills Through On-Demand Video Interviewing.
Danielle McClow is a lifelong writer and content creator at iCIMS. Having begun her career in higher education, Danielle has a knack for project management. In her five years at iCIMS, Danielle has worked on every type of marketing and sales collateral and has had her blogs featured on RecruitingDaily and in HR Insights Magazine. She enjoys making technology more accessible and helping her readers get to the “good stuff.” As the core recruitment marketing writer, Danielle helped iCIMS win its first ever Candidate Experience (CandE) Award.
Danielle holds an MA in rhetoric and writing from Monmouth University and a BA in English from Kean University. When not absorbed in content marketing, Danielle enjoys playing with her comic-book-named pups and visiting baseball stadiums.