Written by Kara Detwiller
The job interview was born in 1921, when Thomas Edison created a written test to evaluate job candidates’ knowledge. In the past 100 years, job screening and interviews have evolved, but their goal has remained the same — find a candidate whose skills, experience and personality are a good fit for the job.
In modern recruiting, there are endless methods and tools for vetting and interviewing. Here are 3 unique and creative approaches to candidate screening.
1. Ask Creative Questions
Candidates expect the same questions to pop up on job applications and in interviews. To mix things up, ask some unique, creative questions. Not only will you learn something about the candidate’s skills and personality — you’ll also see how they think on their feet and engage with unexpected situations. Some of our favorite creative questions to ask when hiring include:
- What’s one personal accomplishment you’re proud of?
- Tell me something you’ve learned recently
- What words would your coworkers use to describe you?
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2. Use Tech in Creative Ways
Technology has come a long way since Thomas Edison was conducting interviews. There are many ways to leverage tech in the recruitment process. Here are just a few digital solutions you can use to source and vet candidates:
- Online job boards
- Mobile-friendly job applications
- Hiring automation software
Tech can be a breath of fresh air, too. Platforms like QuickHire allow job seekers to add an introductory video to their profiles. This can be a great way to make a memorable first impression with employers, and it’s a way to use tech and media in a way that connects with Millennials and Gen Z.
3. Build Creative Connections
When you’re feeling stuck and stagnant with recruitment and candidate vetting — get help! Reach out to other HR experts and business owners in your network to get fresh ideas, hire a recruitment partner or adopt a new software solution to help with your efforts.
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