It used to be that all a fresh-faced college graduate or career changer needed to land a new job was a clean suit and a neatly typed resume containing all the right qualifications. Nowadays, the talent pool is overflowing with qualified applicants, which allows businesses to be more particular about finding who they need. For example, in 2010 at least 35.9 percent of people in Colorado had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education, compared to 27.9 of people in the entire country. With so many credentials floating around, companies can afford to focus on cultural fit before handing out those coveted jobs.
The job interview is commonly compared to a first date, where both the hiring manager and the candidate are sizing each other up. So asking the right questions is imperative. These days a lot of dates start out with an online connection; you’ve gotten to know a little bit about the person ahead of time. But that first face-to-face meeting is when to determine whether the person you met in writing meets expectations, or not.
Jeff Haden, a popular business writer with a renegade style, says these four job interview questions will give you revealing glimpse of the candidate: