If you're hiring for personality, these are important questions to ask. In no particular order...
- What are you looking to do next, and why?
- What type of people (team) do you want to be with and why?
- What would you like to learn?
- Where do you want to live and why?
- What are you an expert on? What are you the best at?
- What is the worst decision you ever made?
- Describe your most remarkable project/achievement.
- How did you move your last organization forward? What did you do to move those around you forward?
- Imagine you had your own business...what would you do to improve service, improve morale, improve the bottom line, etc.?
- Describe a challenging problem you have helped solve.
- Describe a problem you foresaw, and how you helped avoid it.
I use these with all levels of jobs, from front line to senior management. As you can imagine, I receive all sorts of answers...none of them wrong. But, in the end, I know more about what makes a person tick, how they will fit in and whether or not they can help us move forward.
Hint...if you're submitting a cover letter/CV, do something remarkable and incorporate the answers into your presentation. You might just get noticed.
Let me know if you have some to add.