As a continuation of last week’s posts on 360 Degree Review Improvements Question for Job Interviews and The ‘Why’ Around Job Changes in Interviews, there’s another interview question I really like: what did you do to prepare for this interview? Much like Louis Pasteur’s quote that “Fortune favors the prepared mind”, the goal is to better understand how the candidate thinks and acts. Here are a few questions to think through when asking candidates about their preparation:
- How detailed and thoughtful is the candidate’s response?
- How comprehensive was the interviewee’s preparation? How does it compare to other candidates?
- How does the amount and type of preparation work compare to what’s necessary to be successful in the desired job?
- What did they do that was new or different compared to other responses heard in the past?
Just like a written assessment in the hiring process helps companies understand a candidate, so too does drilling into how a candidate prepared for an interview. Too often, candidates don’t prepare well enough for interviews and should do a better job. What else? What are some other thoughts on asking about meeting preparation as part of an interview?