The interview is a valuable time to determine the characteristics of each candidate considered when trying to find reliable candidates. Trustworthiness is one of the most important qualities to seek in staff members. Trust is the foundation of all great relationships, and finding it in employees can help create a powerful work force that grows stronger and more effective with time.
The following questions can assist with finding out if interviewees are likely to be trustworthy, loyal and reliable candidates:
1. If the workday ended before you completed an important task, what would you do?
The answer to this question can get to the level of dedication and devotion reliable candidates are likely to have in the workplace. Meeting deadlines creatively and effectively despite challenges is the mark of a dependable employee.
2. What has been your most difficult situation in the workplace and how did you handle it?
How an individual rises to meet challenges says a lot about them personally and professionally. This question will also yield insights on what the candidate perceives as challenging so their effectiveness for the open position can be gauged.
3. Talk about a time when personal issues drew your attention away from work and how you handled this.
Family and personal issues can arise in anyone’s life, but it’s how a worker handles it that offers insights into their character. Their answer will indicate their level of dedication to their work and approach to work-life balance even as they navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life.
4. How would your past bosses and supervisors describe you?
If the terms “trustworthy” and “reliable” come up in their answer to this question, this is a good sign. Interview candidates aren’t likely to fabricate these kinds of answers, and it is an indicator that they may be reliable candidates who will demonstrate these qualities going forward at their future assignments.
5. How do your family and close friends describe you?
This question speaks to both how the candidate views themselves as well as the feedback they’ve received from those closest to them. They are likely to value the qualities they share in their answers, and this will yield insights about their personal value system.
6. What is the biggest misconception about you?
The answer here speaks to self-awareness. It also opens the door to the individual correcting this erroneous perception going forward.
7. What is your biggest regret related to your work life?
The answer to this question requires honesty and a touch of humility. This allows reliable candidates to show their vulnerable side; however, depending upon how they handled it, it can also show how they grew stronger through adversity.
Reliable candidates that become trustworthy employees are the engine of successful businesses. These seven interview questions can assist employers in finding the most reliable candidates for each job. Employment screening can check for a criminal history and in some cases trustworthiness with money and finances.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide professional or legal advice regarding actions to take in any situation.