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Hiring for Trust: 9 Interview Questions from SUM’s VP of Talent Acquisition

Establishing trust with your existing employees is critical to business growth.

This is true for any company and especially true in the finance & accounting industry, where we help our clients to find the right numbers people to be a part of that growth. But this important work of building trust begins well before the employee has received their first paycheck and certainly far earlier than their performance review.  Trust is built, and evaluated, during the candidate screening process.

So, how can you make sure that new recruits fit into the culture you’ve worked so hard to build?

Start with these nine questions and remember that the best interviews are two-sided conversations. It’s amazing what people will tell you if you ask the right questions and enter into a clear dialogue about their previous experiences.

  1. Tell me about a work incident when you were totally honest, despite a potential risk or downside for the honesty.
  2. Describe a work circumstance when the pressures to compromise your integrity were strong. How did you respond to that?
  3. If there were something you could change about the way your current / most recent employer does business, what would it be and how would you change it?
  4. Under what circumstances have you found it justifiable to break a professional confidence?
  5. When you have experienced unethical behavior at work, have you confronted it, or chosen not to say anything in order not to get involved? Why? Would you do something differently next time?
  6. What are a couple of the most unpopular stands you have ever taken in your career so far?
  7. What are examples of times you went above and beyond the call of duty to help either a customer or co-worker?
  8. What would you do if you were given credit for something a co-worker did?
  9. Tell me about a time in which you were expected to work with someone you did not like. What would the people who didn’t like you say about you?

Bottom Line: Trust Your Instincts!

You might not necessarily ask all of these questions, as in the course of the conversation you may learn all you need. Ultimately, trust is something that comes with time; it doesn’t happen overnight. But by identifying at least some trustworthy behaviors and attitudes at the onset, you can rest assured that you’re on the right track with your new recruit.

Need help developing an ideal set of interview questions for your open positions?

Give us a call today at (212) 242-6010 and schedule an initial consultation or email our Director of Sales, Alexis McClellan, at alexis.mcclellan@suminnovation.com and let us know about your talent & recruitment needs.

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