One of the most popular ways of vetting candidates for an open position is though a job interview. No matter what side of the table you’re on, though, it can be a nerve-wracking process. Whether you’re conducting a job interview or are the subject of a job interview, DISC can help you focus on the best and most strategic ways to ask and answer interview questions.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best interview questions to be used in the hiring process, all based on the understanding that uncovering a candidate’s personality will give you the most accurate indicators of aptitude, performance, and future job success.
Top 15 Interview Questions
When conducting an interview, start by defining the kind of person you’re looking for. Benchmarking tools can be a great help. But, at the very least you need to sketch out the ideal personality traits and qualifications of the person that would be the best fit. Make sure that you ask questions that target the major characteristics of all four of the primary DISC personality styles. This will allow you to easily determine the personality type of a candidate when a DISC test isn’t an option. When you know the DISC personality type of the candidate you’re interviewing, the way they answer the questions will show you how they adapt to situations, approaches, and styles that perhaps don’t come naturally.
Interview questions you might use to find the perfect fit for an open position include:
1) Can you tell me about your goals for the future? What steps have you taken to make sure you achieve them?
2) What are your strengths when working with others?
3) Are there types of people you don’t get along with? Can you give me an example of a situation when you’ve worked with a difficult person? What did you do to resolve your differences?
4) When working on a team, what role do you feel most comfortable with? Why? What was your most recent team experience like?
5) How would you describe your relationship with coworkers in your previous job?
6) If you were in a situation where you needed to gain consensus, how would you influence other people to adopt your perspective?
7) How comfortable are you with meeting tight deadlines? What steps do you typically take to make sure you meet deadlines?
8) Have you ever been independently in charge of a project? What steps did you take to make sure you could complete it successfully on your own?
9) Can you give an example of when you’ve risen to meet a challenge when the odds were against you?
10) How do you handle stress or pressure?
11) How do you define success?
12) How do you approach situations where you haven’t been given clear guidelines, or don’t have enough information to finish a project?
13) What’s your communication style like? What way do you prefer to communicate with others?
14) What is your greatest strength? Where does it come in most handy?
15) What is your greatest weakness? What do you do to overcome it?
All of these questions are designed to pull the best, most insightful, and most revealing answers from an interview subject. But whatever interview questions you ultimately choose to ask, be sure to use them to get to know the personality of the person on the other side of the table. Personality is the key to performance, and the best predictive tool you have at your disposal.