Interview Question: Tell me about three other job opportunities you’ve recently applied for. Why those?
The response to this question can tell you a great deal about the true interests the candidate possesses. Are they looking for any job or a specific type of job? Probe to learn more about why they applied for those jobs. What was enticing? What aspects of the items referenced in the ad grabbed their interest? How do the characteristics of your opportunity match up with what essentially are the areas of greatest interest to this candidate? If you find major differences this candidate may not be a fit. If you find similarities you’ve found one more reason to strongly consider this candidate for hire.