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Asking Candidates About Their Hobbies is a Powerful Interviewing Tool

Posted by Sunil Bagai on May 12, 2016 11:00:25 AM

The competition to attract and retain exceptional workers remains fierce. Very fierce. Job openings pile up and go unfilled. Employers are desperately seeking skilled candidates who will integrate well with the mission and the team. And the needs of today’s talent, particularly those in millennial generations, have taken more nuanced turns. Cultural fit, skills development and exposure to opportunities for professional growth are key considerations. For recruiters, the process of sourcing and interviewing prospects has reached new levels of complexity. What questions should you ask? How can you really judge attitude and aptitude? While labor regulations make it clear that we can’t get too personal in our inquiries, there is one bygone line of questioning we should consider reviving -- asking talent about their interests outside the office.

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Tags: hobbies and interests, interviewing strategies, Recruiting, talent acquisition, business culture fit, candidate engagement

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