Today, the culture of the business world continues to undergo dramatic changes. From overtime work policies to pets in the office, many of the cultural shifts can be attributed to the newest generation entering the workforce: millennials. While this age bracket may receive plenty of press; one thing is for certain: they’re committed to changing the culture of work environments for the better.
How does this shift affect interview questions? Take a look at a batch of new questions that are making their way into interview across the country. Are you ready to adopt of few that are on the list?
- How much would you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
The beauty of this question is that the answer is virtually unknown to the majority of people. Is the applicant ready for out-of-the-box thinking? How well do they react on their feet?
What to look for:
The impressive applicant will follow up with more questions. Is the position hourly? Are you able to hire others to help or is this a solo-task?
- Explain a database to your eight-year-old nephew.
Used frequently by Google, this question tests the communication levels of future hires. While companies desire applicants who are qualified in the related field, they’re also deeply interested in hiring people who can explain what they do in a clear and simple manner.
How to use this:
If you work with clients on a regular basis, imagine how the applicant would communicate with your base.
- What did you have for breakfast?
This question tends to reveal a lot about an applicant’s personality. It also catches an applicant off guard. Interviewers look for honesty and a bit of humor. It’s critical that the hire fits in well with the culture and that culture fits well for the applicant.
How to weave it in:
Save this for later in the interview to help loosen up a nervous applicant. Questions that are unrelated to the job at hand help humanize the process, and you.
- Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind?
If you’re working in any sort of creative field, this question can test the innovative tendencies of your hires. Because there’s no right or wrong answer, you’ll be assessing the applicant’s communication style, insightfulness, even sensitivity.