Not gonna lie, I am not a huge fan of interviewing people. There I said it! But, it is a very important part of my job and I am actively trying to get better at it.
In the last year, I have tried to be more intentional and thoughtful in our hiring process, especially now that we have switched from independent contractors over to employees. I don’t want to waste my time, heart, or energy training someone who isn’t going to have a lasting career with our company and if their values don’t align with ours. But how do you find the right people? You ask the right questions!
What are your goals for this year?
You know I am big on goal setting, so this is obviously the first question I am going to ask!
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
Where do they see themselves? It may not be with you and that is okay. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to hire them, but it is important that they have thought about where they want to be in 5 years. It’s essential that you have someone who has a growth mindset and strives for more.
What would you like to be known for?
I think about this a lot. What is the legacy that I am leaving behind after I am gone? Or what do other people within my industry know me as? Another way to thing of this would be, what’s your tagline?
What do you hope people say about you when you leave the room?
This is more than just a first impression, it’t the way you make them feel. “People will never remember what you said, but they will remember the way you made them feel.”
What area of your career do you feel like you need to work on?
Recognizing your weaknesses and ways you can improve are essential to a growth mindset.
What area of your career are you happy with?
Do you recognize and celebrate your areas of strength? And do you do it with grace and humility? That’s a big one!