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Interviewing Potential Employees

Posted in Entrepreneur Advice by angel on the November 27th, 2007

One of my favorite questions to ask in an interview is a relatively short and simple one, but does a lot to help you learn about the person. The question is “What Blogs, Journals, Magazines, or websites do you read?” If they don’t have a list, they are probably not the best candidate because they are not likely excited or passionate about their profession.

Our companies like to give intelligence tests for most positions. We are not looking for MENSA caliber people, we just want to make sure they are at least relatively intelligent. Motivation, people skills, and specialized knowledge are more important than having an extremely intelligent individual, but there are few positions where someone can excel if they don’t know which number is the smallest – 2, .6, or .18.

Interviewing for a new position is also a great opportunity to learn new ideas. When interviewing for a Public Relations position, I learned all kinds of things about PR which I had not previously known. So take advantage of the situation and try to learn from the interviewee in addition to learning about them.