Recruitment Interviews – Questions to Ask and Not to Ask

Advivo is not your average accounting firm, we are also your trusted business advisors and are often consulted by business owners to discuss various aspects of the day to day running of business. One of the biggest challenges in any business is hiring and retention of staff – this one is close to home for us with a team of 20, our team is what makes us look good and it is important to get it right. So, in keeping with our most popular slogan and the words of Stephen Covey – “Begin With the End in Mind”, we are a well-rounded, productive and profitable team that provides exceptional service to our clients.

Work with a Marketing Consultant

When advertising for a job we recommend doing so in conjunction with a marketing consultant, as much as businesses are looking for a person to join their team, they are also showcasing why someone would want to be employed by that business. Over time we have worked very closely with our marketing partners and can even provide a fixed cost offering to get your company profile and even job description templates upgraded in line with your company’s values.

Meeting The Standards

Once all the resume reviews have been completed and a shortlist has been made for people to go to the next stage and schedule interviews. This is the part where some business owners feel anxious to meet the standards of a politically correct landscape and work out, what can I ask?

• Starter Questions

We have put together a couple of suggestions that you can ask and might help break the ice and learn a bit more about the candidates:

  1. Tell me something about yourself that isn’t on your resume
  2. What made you want to apply for this position?
  3. Why are you leaving your current employer?
  4. What Professional Achievement Are You Most Proud of?

• Questions to Avoid

Here are some subjects that are a NO GO ZONE!

  1. Ethnic/racial background
  2. Sexual Orientation
  3. Age
  4. Religion
  5. Marriage Status
  6. Family plans (i.e. plans to have a baby)
  7. Voting habits
  8. Physical or mental disability status (unless it directly impacts the role)
  9. Union membership status

We hope you have found this useful, this can often be a very sensitive subject and treacherous landscape for any business owner. If you would like to know more or have any questions, just get in touch with us at Advivo. Our highly skilled team of accountants and business advisors will listen to you and take a hands-on approach to managing your business and individual financial needs.

Give us a call on 07 3226 1800 or send us a message. Located in Brisbane, we’ll take your business to the next level!

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