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eter­min­ing who you hire for a job plays a big part in form­ing your com­pany’s cul­ture and en­sur­ing its fu­ture suc­cess.

Se­lect­ing in­for­ma­tive in­ter­view ques­tions can be a key fac­tor in find­ing the right em­ploy­ees – as well as weed­ing out the ones who won’t fit. A can­di­date’s an­swers can be telling.

While dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies em­body var­i­ous val­ues and cul­tures, suc­cess in the work­place is strongly in­flu­enced by a per­son’s emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, a qual­ity that should be non-ne­go­tiable when vet­ting job can­di­dates.

Here are seven in­ter­view ques­tions that can draw re­veal­ing an­swers from the job can­di­dates you in­ter­view – and get you on your way to find­ing em­ploy­ees with stel­lar emo­tional in­tel­li­gence.

inspires you, and why?

The job can­di­date’s an­swer of­ten gives the in­ter­viewer a peek into who the in­ter­vie­wee mod­els him­self or her­self af­ter. The re­sponse can also high­light the sorts of be­havioural pat­terns the in­ter­vie­wee re­spects.

you were start­ing a com­pany to­mor­row, what would its top three val­ues be?

Ev­ery good re­la­tion­ship starts with trust and aligned val­ues. In­sight into a per­son’s pri­or­i­ties – as well as hon­esty and in­tegrity – can emerge from the can­di­date’s an­swer.

busi­ness pri­or­i­ties change, de­scribe how you would help your team un­der­stand and carry out the shifted goals?

Shift­ing pri­or­i­ties hap­pen in ev­ery com­pany and ev­ery job, so look for can­di­dates who are flex­i­ble and pos­sess the skills to help carry out change. Hire em­ploy­ees who are self-aware, mo­ti­vated and dis­play em­pa­thy.

you build last­ing friend­ships while work­ing at another job?

It takes a while for peo­ple to build re­la­tion­ships – and be­ing able to do so is a sign of solid emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. A last­ing friend­ship tells you that re­la­tion­ships and car­ing about peo­ple are im­por­tant to the per­son.

skill or ex­per­tise do you feel you are still miss­ing?

Cu­rios­ity and the de­sire to learn are vi­tal signs that a prospec­tive em­ployee wants to get bet­ter at some­thing. Peo­ple who strug­gle with this ques­tion are the peo­ple who think they al­ready know it all. These are the peo­ple you want to steer away from.

you teach me some­thing as if I’ve never heard of it be­fore? (It can be any­thing – a skill, a les­son or a puz­zle.)

A job can­di­date’s an­swer to this ques­tion can re­veal sev­eral qual­i­ties:

Whether the per­son is will­ing to take the time to think be­fore speak­ing.

If the can­di­date has the tech­ni­cal abil­ity to ex­plain some­thing to a per­son who is less knowl­edge­able in the sub­ject.

Whether the can­di­date asks em­pa­thetic ques­tions to the per­son be­ing taught, such as: “Is this mak­ing sense?”

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