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Best Interview Question Articles – June 2015 Roundup

Feeling trapped behind interview questions that leave you with regrettable hires? Throughout this time of the year, many companies experience growth and need to hire talent to meet their needs. Yes, this is a good problem to have, however, the way to go about hiring new talent comes down to the quality of the interview. Increased hiring naturally leads to interviews and in order to conduct an interview, you need (awesome) interview questions to ensure the best possible candidates are hired.

With that said, the theme for our June roundup is interview questions! And not the boring, canned kind we typically think of. While asking simple questions may be necessary early on in the hiring process, more elaborate, revealing questions give you the ability to truly evaluate a candidate’s potential.

So here’s to throwing those canned interview questions in the trash (can)!

How to Include Skills Tests In Your Interview Process

This post emphasizes the importance of a structured interviewing process. In order to achieve interviewing success, it’s a good idea for your recruiters and/or hiring managers to include some skills tests specific to the job opening. A skills test can work alongside your pre-screen interview questions  a way to further your insight of a candidate.

An example of a skills test to conduct during an interview may include coding tests for programmers, behavioral/personality assessments for customer success representatives or (our favorite) video interviews as a pre-screening tool. These kind of hiring tests can raise your hiring grade to an A+!

7 Ways to Flaunt Your Company Culture in a Job Interview

In this post, learn 7 creative ways to showcase your company culture during a job interview — including the way you ask interview questions. Not only are your interview questions key to displaying company culture, the activities you do during the interview process will have a lasting impression on candidates.

One tip from a surveyed hiring expert is to give interview tours to each and every candidate. This way, the candidates knows what to expect from the team they are joining. Plus, their experience will be a bit more personal and welcoming.

9 Interview Questions for Finding the Most Innovative Employees

Hiring innovative people is priority to just about any company in any industry, which is why innovative questions are even more important. Written by Ilan Mochari, here are 9 interview questions that go above and beyond the canned interview questions we are all used to.

10 of the Most Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

Asking the right questions during an interview is extremely important for getting more insights on candidates. As job seekers are familiar with generic interview questions, it’s important to spice up your interview to avoid tailored (and also generic) responses.

In this article, written by Spark Hire’s CEO, Josh Tolan, get a look at 10 super effective questions asked by top hiring professionals to dig a little deeper in the interviewing process.

6 Interview Questions You Must Ask if You Want to Hire the Best People

What makes you happiest? Interview questions that make candidates think on their feet! This is just one example you can expect to see in this article written by Thomas Koulopoulos, the Founder of Delphi Group.

He writes about how interviewing has been changing drastically for the past 30 years and when working in a more fast-paced and technologically savvy workplace, the way we interview candidates needs to adjust with the times.

5 Important Questions You Need to Ask Global Talent

Adding technology to the hiring process is an extremely effective way to screen non-local candidates and reduces travelling costs. In this article posted to, Spark Hire’s CEO, Josh Tolan, goes through some of the questions he asks when interviewing international candidates.

Starting off with a light and playful question like “What is your favorite TV show?” helps make candidates feel more comfortable. After that, you can move on to the more technical questions, but it’s helpful to start every interview with good rapport.

Let’s flip the roles for this last article and focus on questions candidates should ask in an interview. Published on Business Insider, this post got over 35,000 views in just 24 hours, so it’s sure to include some incredible insights!

The 3 questions one CEO hopes to hear from everyone he interviews — but hardly ever does

Typically the final question being asked during the interview goes something like “So, do you have any questions for me?”. Instead of focusing on things like salary and duties, David Melancon, CEO of btr. says these are the 3 questions every candidate SHOULD be asking.

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Sheena Christensen

Sheena Christensen is the Product Marketing Specialist at Spark Hire. She is a fan of everything sports and enjoys writing anything from short stories to internet copy, spanning many verticals in the digital marketing world.