When hiring people you can usually group them into 3 categories, the A, B, and C's depending on personality traits, skills and experiences. Wouldn't it be great to be able to identify the As every time, and not run the risk of making the wrong hires, with the associated time and expense involved.
This article identifies 7 clear questions that can be used to help identify the A players. I'm going to give them a try when next interviewing, many are simple common sense but put together like this will help guide my interview process.
A-players: the top 5% of people. They work hard, go over and above, are well liked and respected and typically move “up the ranks” fast. B-players: most people. They do the 9–5 thing, do their job well and are generally the “good not great” people. C-players: the bottom 10%. They do just enough to scrape through, don’t volunteer to take on new projects, like (and cause) conflict and have little to no personal accountability or responsibility.