Critical thinking and problem solving abilities are crucial requirements for today’s job candidates to have, but how do you find the critical thinkers when you’re filling a position? Interview techniques can go a long way toward finding the right person for your company.
For starters, throw out all the boring vanilla interview questions designed to illicit boring vanilla responses. If all a candidate has to do is regurgitate a response she read in an interview book last night, you’re really only testing her ability to memorize and regurgitate information. Instead, throw her a curveball question such as, “why is a manhole cover round” to guage her ability to think on her feet.
Once you’ve found a competent critical thinker for your team, you have to ask yourself whether you can afford them. If the answer is yes, you have to figure out what you can do to keep them. The average length of employment these days is 4.4 years, and the average millennial expects to stay at a job for 3 years or less. For this reason, it’s important to make sure the good candidates stick around as long as possible.
For more information on how to attract and retain critical thinkers, check out this infographic.