Finding the perfect fit for your practice when hiring new employees can prove to be quite the task. It is more than finding someone with the best skill set. You should be looking for someone who fits in to your office culture, and someone who will work well with your team. We’ve come across some great interview questions that will help you gain insight to a candidate’s personality that can help you determine if they are the optical practice addition you’ve been searching for!
12 Interview Questions to Find the Perfect Fit for Your Optical Practice
1. Why did you leave (why are you leaving) your last (current) job?
Was it simply time for a change in career path or was an employee having trouble working with others? The answer to this question can help you discover what direction the candidate is driven in.
2. How do you evaluate/what do you consider success?
Knowing how a person determines success both internally and in others allows you a glimpse into their work ethic. If their ideas of success are completely different from the goals of your practice, they might not be the best choice.
3. Tell me more about your previous job experiences?
This is another question to look into a person's work ethic. It can help you determine if a candidate knows what it means to work hard for a living, or if they have a greater sense of entitlement.
4. Can you tell me something that is true that almost no one agrees with you on?
This one might seem strange, but it is important to have employees that are not afraid to speak their mind, especially when it is an unpopular opinion. Employees that are comfortable with voicing out are more likely to alert you to inefficiencies, or help come up with new and creative ideas in your practice.
5. How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills?
You want to fill your practice with motivated people, but you also want to make sure your practice can offer an employee the opportunity to grow in the direction they want.
6. What is the greatest lesson you've learned from a failure?
Failing is part of life, but you want to make sure that a prospective employee has the ability to look past the failure and learn something they can apply to their life moving forward.
7. How do you take advantage of your strengths and how do you compensate for your weaknesses?
It's common to ask a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses, but it is more important to know how those strengths and weaknesses affect the work that they do.
8. If you were limited to just one person to get advice and help from, who would you choose and why?
Not only is this question a fun one, but it also can let you peek in to see what values and virtues a candidate considers important. This is a great way to see if a person will fit into the culture of your practice.
9. What do you know about our practice?
It is important to see if someone has done their research, and explored your practice's website and social media to learn more about the office. This shows great initative on their part.
10. What hesitations do you have about this position?
The answer to this question can allow you to clear up any confusion that the candidate has about what they might be doing in your practice. It can also help you see if they would be happy in the open position.
11. What do you look for in company culture?
This is a great and straight forward way to determine if someone is going to fit in with your current staff and the flow of things in your practice.
12. What's your customer service style? Can you tell me about a time you went above and beyond with a patient?
Not only is it important to find a new hire that you and your team will get along with, but you want someone that your patients will get along with as well. The answer to this question can help you see if the candidate will fit in with your patients.
Other Interview Tips
- If there are gaps of time between employments on a candidate's resume, always be sure to ask about why.
- Ask prospective employees to tell you an interesting fact about them that isn't on their resume; it helps you see beyond their skill set.
- Don't be afraid to ask some fun or light questions in the interview, it helps relax the employee giving you a better look into their natural personality.
- Always make sure to ask the candidate if they have any questions for you at the end of the interview.
We hope you'll add some of these questions into your interview process the next time you are hiring, and that they help you find the best fit for your practice. Be patient through the hiring process, taking the time to find the right employee versus hiring someone quickly just to fill a spot will pay off in the long-term.