There are a million things to consider when looking to hire someone. However, there are 3 unlikely questions that you should ALWAYS ask someone you’re considering. Here they are…..
1. Where do you see yourself in 5-7 years?
The best answer is……. an ambitious one.
If this is their dream job then they’ll do enough work to keep it, but not to excel at it. Look for someone who eventually will move on to bigger and better things, whether inside your organization or out of it. Obviously, it’s better if they move up within the company. However, sometimes that’s just not possible. It’s better for someone to be honest about their goals than to lie about them, or worse, not have any. If they’re ambitious then they’ll go over and above what’s expected of them.
There’s one exception. If they’re applying for a higher level position, then look for ambition for the organization. Does an incoming Senior Pastor want to be a Senior Pastor for the rest of his life? Probably. Does that mean he’s not ambitious? No way! He’s ambitious, but not for himself. He’s ambitious for the organization, first.
2. Are you more people oriented or task oriented?
The best answer……. depends.
Really think about this. If you have a really busy office, then your receptionist should be more task oriented than people oriented. It seems like a contradiction, but it’s not. A people oriented receptionist will develop relationships with callers to the point of undermining her own job. You need a task oriented receptionist who can focus on her job while being polite to callers. I encourage you to throw conventional wisdom out of the window and rethink what this means.
3. Do you use our product?
The best answer is…… of course!
Or in the case of a Church, “do you serve in this (or this type) of ministry?” If they serve at our Church, then they’ve probably already bought into our vision. If they’re an avid user of your product, they’re more likely to be passionate about contributing to it’s success. Are there exceptions? Sure. You can be a great doctor without medically treating yourself. However, if I’m going to hire a personal trainer, I want them to be nuts about working out!
What question would you add to the list?