Video:How to Ask About Interpersonal Skills During a Candidate Interviewwith Angela Lussier
Interview questions about a job candidate's interpersonal skills are important to ask. Interpersonal skills are essential in any work environment, so learn how to asses a job candidate with these example questions.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Ask About Interpersonal Skills During a Candidate Interview
Hi! This is Angela Lussier for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to ask about interpersonal skills in a candidate interview. The following list of questions can be helpful in assessing a candidate's interpersonal skills. Feel free to use these during an interview.
Ask Candidate About Difficult Work Relationships
Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with a coworker you disliked or had trouble working with. This question is important because it really highlights your ability to work with people you have differences with, and how well you're able to get along and get the job done.
Tell me about a time when you had to give difficult feedback to your manager or supervisor. How did you respond to that, and how did the conversation go? This question is important because it helps the interviewer ask about how you handle difficult conversations and giving constructive feedback, especially to a superior.
Ask Candidate About Positive Work Relationships
Tell me about times that you became friends with a coworker. Did that relationship create positive results for the company. This question is important because it lets the interviewers know about how you interact with their coworkers, and that you can handle having friendships that are close and personal in the workplace - or if they wind up being less productive.
Ask Candidate About Interpersonal Conflict Situations
Tell me about a time that you were involved in a conflict at work. How did you resolve that conflict, and what happened after the fact? This question is important because it helps the interviewer to understand your conflict resolution ability. How did you go about resolving the situation, and was it handled in a professional and respectful manner?
Give me an example of a type of behavior, or action or attitude you're least likely to get along with. This question is important because it helps the interviewer understand how you get along with people, and if you're a match with the culture you're entering.
Interpersonal skills are important everywhere in business. Ensure that you're hiring the right candidates by asking these questions up front, and get rid of the possibility that you may be hiring the wrong candidate. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.