Are you planning to hire new team members in 2020? As my year-end gift to you, I’m going to share my handy list of new-hire interview questions. I use these to quickly get to know a new team member whenever a firm engages me to help craft their public announcements about the news.
How quickly and widely you broadcast your new-hire news depends on the position and your firm’s particular dynamics. General rules of thumb:
- Personal introductions are in order as soon as possible if the new team member will be working directly with your clients. Make the connection in person, and/or via email or phone, depending on the circumstances.
- Website bio updates, social media profiles, e-news and press releases might be best postponed for a while. Unfortunately, not every new hire works out as fabulously as hoped for, so it’s worth giving everyone a little breathing room before making a big splash about it.
Now, back to those interview questions. Here are the questions I start with:
New-Hire Communication Questions
- How did you connect with [firm]?
- What appealed to you about joining [firm]?
- Why do you think [firm] selected you?
- What are your key roles today?
- What might key roles become moving forward?
- In what way(s) do you add your own special touch to [firm’s] culture and community?
- What prior positions have you held?
- Do you have any credentials, degrees, professional organization memberships or board positions that aren’t already listed in your current website bio?
- Are/were you familiar with [firm’s] investment strategy? What’s your perspective on it?
- What are your personal and professional goals over the near- and long-term?
- What are your personal, family, and community interests?
- Any mentors and/or milestones that stand out?
- What’s something fun people might not guess about you until they get to know you?
- Anything else you can tell me about what makes you … you?
Sometimes these starter questions will generate others, resulting in a pretty good sense of a person’s roles and personality in a conversation lasting about 30–45 minutes. They also usually generate a good quote or two I can incorporate into any communications that may call for one.
You do not have to use every Q&A in every communication you craft about a new hire. But with this material on hand, you should have plenty of good substance to pick and choose from. In short, I find these questions helpful for getting to know a new hire, so I can adeptly introduce them to others. I hope you find them useful too!