Personal interview questions put the ‘human’ element into the ‘HR recruiter’ that you are. When hiring for a developer role, you’ll naturally ask a lot of questions about your candidates’ technical skills.
But to build the most accurate picture of an individual that you can, you need to get a little personal. Their favorite breakfast cereal or holiday destination might be a bit much, but it’s important that you do ask open-ended questions about your candidate as a human.
A handful of questions about work ethic, stress management, strengths, and weaknesses can help you see the other side of your candidate, beyond their technical skills, experience, and abilities.
Sure, there are no right or wrong answers to personal interview questions, but there are tried and tested interview techniques. Still, the response you get can help you see if your candidate will fit into the company’s culture and position-specific challenges that happen in the role at your company.
Mix a few behavioral interview questions with your personal interview questions, and you’ll be able to build a comprehensive cultural assessment of your candidate.