For hiring managers it can be difficult for them to know whether a potential candidate really wants the job they’re hiring for, or if you just want any job.
In a recent interview to the New York Times the CEO of cloud-based software maker BetterCloud, David Politis, discussed this and revealed how he figures out whether someone actually wants the position and if their desired career path aligns with the company and role itself.
In the candidate’s interview he asks the question:”What would be your dream job if you could do anything in the world?”
He follows the question up with “Why aren’t you doing that?” as he believes that these two questions tell a lot about a person’s passions and fears.
He also asks about a candidate’s prorities at work and their job experiences, asking candidates what they love about their work, and what they hate.
He then asks about the candidate’s priorities at work and their job experiences.
Politis says that he believes that many companies “feel like they really need to sell certain roles” which almost always backfires.
“I used to do this early in my career and learned that it almost always backfires. Both the candidate and employer should spend time talking about the good, bad, and ugly of a role to make sure that it’s a good long-term fit and there won’t be any surprises down the road.”
Politis also believes it is best to be as honest as possible about the conditions of the position when looking for a candidate who is devoted to the company’s vision and what the role entails.
“My job in the interview process is to really understand the person, what they’re looking to do in their career, and understand if we’re going to be a good fit for them,” Politis explained to the New York Times interviewer. “In many cases, I try to dissuade them from taking the job. I try to be as honest as I can about the bad parts of the job and the high expectations.”
The ultimate goal for hiring, he said, is to fill the position with a person who not only envisions themselves working at a company for many years, whilst succeeding in the role, but someone who will also be happy doing so.