Questions relating to personal attributes preferred: Survey

Candidate interviews should focus on organizational growth
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/25/2011

When David Gordon is interviewing candidates for his public relations firm in Toronto, he always asks about their interests outside of work. He tries to get a sense of what their “broader world” looks like, the kind of people they really are and if they would fit in with his team of adventurous, outgoing and enthusiastic employees.

“If I interview somebody who is getting into PR because they like to read a lot and that’s all they really like to do, it might not be the right place for them,” said Gordon, who is the managing partner at Cohn & Wolfe. “My saying is, ‘If you’re shy, don’t apply.’ To our industry, to my team, that’s an important thing.”

Gordon’s approach is reflected in a recent survey that found questions that provide insight into a candidate’s personal attributes are among those favoured by chief financial officers (CFOs). Of the nearly 300 Canadian CFOs surveyed by Accountemps, 50 per cent said questions relating to personal attributes are their go-to interview questions.