Top 5 'Collaboration' Questions to Ask Your Candidates

Posted by Steve Flynn on 8/30/16 11:00 AM

This is the third blog in our "soft skills" series. If you missed the first two blogs on 'adaptability' and 'culture fit', you can view them here.

Team of business people collaborate holding up jigsaw puzzle pieces as a solution to a problemIt's no secret that hiring people who are able to work well with others is essential to having a productive and happy team. Why is this important? Because 97% of employees and executives believe that a lack of team alignment can directly impact the outcome of a task or project.

To help determine if your candidates can work well with others, here are the top 5 collaboration questions to ask during your next candidate interview:

1. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person?

2. Tell me about a time when you were communicating with someone and they did not understand you. What did you do? What was the outcome?

3. Tell me about one of your favorite experiences working with a team and your contribution.

4. Describe the best partner or supervisor with whom you’ve worked. What part of their managing style appealed to you?

5. Can you share an experience where a project dramatically shifted directions at the last minute? What did you do?

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