The next time you go for a job interview as a potential ‘perfect fit’ for a position for which you’ve applied, and we’ve all done it at one time or another, here’s something to consider: in a recent article in the online version of Inc. Magazine, they talk about three very simple questions that more and more hiring managers are asking, where there used to be anywhere from 10 to what seem like hundreds, during which many candidates start to make up answers, secretly wishing the job interview were already over.
The three questions are:
- How did you find out about this job?
- What did you like about the job before you started?
- Why did you leave?
This simple but surprisingly effective interview technique doesn’t take very long, maybe 15 – 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the responses, but according to John Younger, CEO and Founder of Accolo, an internet recruiting solution provider, actually created the process.
According to Younger, who has literally interviewed thousands of potential candidates for a variety of positions, "What’s amazing is that after a few minutes, you will always have learned something about the candidate — whether positive or negative — that you would never have learned otherwise.”
He adds by the time a person gets to their 3rd, 4th or 5th job in their career, if they haven’t been pulled into a job by someone they previously worked for, that’s a red flag, which shows they didn’t build relationships, develop trust, and show a level of competence that made someone go out of their way to either bring them back into their former organization, or their new organization if they, themselves have changed jobs."