If you're a manager:
Think of a role your company or department is interviewing candidates for. If there's no such role, use your own role for the purpose of this exercise.
Come up with 1 skill that's important for success in that role, and 1 principle that's important in your company.
Come up with 3 probing questions to assess whether the candidate possesses that skill, and 3 questions to assess whether they embody that principle.
If I were interviewing the candidate for a job as VP of Sales, the principle I’m screening for is curiosity, and the skill I’m screening for is training.
Probing questions to assess the principle
- How well did you get to know people in your prior job as manager? What can you tell me about one of your team member’s interests outside of work?
- Consider a time you got meaningful constructive criticism. What was that conversation like?
- What questions do you have for me?
Probing questions to assess the skill
- What approach have you used to train people?
- What specific results did you see in the people you trained?
- Given measurable improvement is a key aspect of our company, how would you approach measuring improvement in people you’re training?