Interview questions and tactics to remove from your repertoire

There’s a great meme I’ve seen floating around the internet. The unreasonable employer. They are good for a chuckle because most of us have seen or heard a few of these in our own experience.
Interview questions about experience

Pretty great, right?

But when you remember these interview questions are actually being asked and the tactics are actually being used – it’s a little worrying.

The interview makes or breaks a first impression. As an employer, it’s your chance to get the truth about the candidate you are hiring and a candidates chance to learn about your company. If you are on the hiring side of the table, part of this means asking the right interview questions and not trying to trick the candidate.

I’ve compiled a list of my favourite unreasonable employer memes seen around the web so you can remove these interview questions and tactics from your repertoire.

Interview questions about a failure

1. Interview questions as a trap

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the question, “tell me about a time you failed”, but if you are asking it as a means of holding it against an employee, you should drop that question immediately.

If you are going to use this question, look for how they persevered or what they learned from a past failure. Learning from mistakes is a valuable asset.
Interview questions about lying on resume

2. Overselling the position

I love this one! Obviously you hope the candidate has been truthful on their resume. But how much have you reflected on how truthful you are being about the job?

Writing a great job description is a good way to avoid overselling. A job description that’s accurate and thorough will not only help attract the right people, but won’t make people feel duped when they start their first day.

If you stay transparent and cognisant of job requirements from the beginning of your hiring process, there will be no need to oversell in the interview.
Interview questions - unreasonable employer meme

3. Falsifying your culture

What kind of culture have you cultivated for your business? Putting on a front in the interview is a surefire way to lose great candidates quickly. If you want to have an inclusive culture that doesn’t come from pretending in an interview. It takes work by management.

If you foster a culture of innovation, you’ll get “outside of the box” ideas. That doesn’t mean you’ll chase every idea, but it does mean you’ll inspire people to continually bring them to you.

Be honest about your culture and you’ll find you attract the right talent. There are tools, like our sister company Job Advisor, that can help companies express who they are through the reviews of employees, past and present.

Ready to put these interview questions and tactics to rest and find great talent? Use Search Party’s online recruitment marketplace to find pre-qualified, recruiter represented talent. Search Party puts you in charge of the recruitment process allowing you to set your own fees and cut your hiring time.

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John Dietrich

John is the Digital Marketing Manager for Search Party responsible for implementing, tracking, and optimising marketing efforts in the digital space. He's a physics and psychology hobbyist with a strong belief of putting people first in business and life.

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