13 Jul Why You Should Ask ‘What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?’
As the interviewer or recruiter during a job interview, it’s your job to use all the questions at your disposal in order to determine whether the candidate is right for the job or not.
As we all know, a person’s skills and abilities, no matter how impressive (or unimpressive) they may be, are just part of what makes a person tick. And when you hire someone, you’re not just acquiring whatever that person can bring to the table, you’re hiring a real person with strengths and weaknesses that will inevitably affect how they perform.
Don’t be afraid to get personal
According to Peter Bregman of Bregman Partners, getting a bit personal with the candidate is a great way to gain valuable insight. As Bregman explains, candidates who engage in non-work related activities that are somehow aligned with what they do at work are probably really good at what they do.
For instance, a manager or supervisor who’s also highly active in their local community’s programs is more likely to be great at dealing with people. An art director who also takes on commissions for personalized artworks already has some idea of how to interpret and direct client wants and needs. A salesperson who also regularly wins and loses in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments is most likely not afraid of adverse competition.
Of course, just because a person has hobbies somewhat related to the job they’re applying for, doesn’t automatically mean that they’re perfect for the job. However, it is an indicator of what the candidate can be capable of – both on a regular basis and in case they need to go above and beyond the call of duty.