Hiring Wisdom: Do You Have a Good Answer to This One?

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What do you say if a job applicant asks you this?

What makes this company a great place to work? What outside evidence (rankings/awards) do you have to prove this is a great place to work? What is the company going to do in the next year to make it better?”

This question may seem out of the ordinary, but it really isn’t. Top candidates will ask this question in different ways.

It is up to the hiring personnel in your organization to communicate to the applicant what separates your company from others they may be considering. This is also a strategy question in that the applicant wants to know what direction your company is headed in employee relations.

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Given that they work hard for the company, how hard will the company work to keep them?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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2 Comments on “Hiring Wisdom: Do You Have a Good Answer to This One?

  1. I was invited to an interview recently and asked a question similar to this. I wanted to make sure that the programme I was to be involved with was attaining it’s goals and that I would be involved in helping to continue the success. I love being a catalyst for change. It’s useful to know where a company is at with it’s projects aims. #WhatDoYouThink #NotAfraidOfHardWork

  2. I would share the employee turnover rate for the position to be filled as well as the department and company wide employee turnover rate.

    Interviews should be all about the interviewee not the employer.

    Interviewees should not have to persuade the employer to hire them but rather the employer needs to persuade the right applicant to accept the job offer. Only the employer can know which applicants will be successful if hired.

    Since an applicant cannot know if she’ll be successful if hired, she must ask questions to learn if the employer knows, most do not. Applicants need to ask the hiring manager, “How do you know that I will be successful if I am hired?” If the answer is just a review of your resumes, education, experience, and interview performance you can be sure they don’t know if you’ll be successful. In which case be very careful since your job tenure depends on their answer.

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