Interviewing is hard and no matter how many we do we often still end up with the wrong person.
This is not a magic bullet but an interesting insight into a really good way to open an interview.
The question to ask is "What do you know about me and the Company?"
Your first interview question should be " What do you know about me and the Company" Why: It shows preparation. We live in a world where information is constantly at our fingertips, so there is no excuse for any candidate to walk in the room and not know as much as possible about you and your business. A Google search of your social media outlets and LinkedIn page would be enough to answer this question. It shows initiative. Research is key in every industry. Taking the time to research the person conducting the interview shows initiative and a basic understanding of the importance of being prepared. Everyone likes to talk about themselves, so what better way to make a lasting impression on the person interviewing you than talking about their resume and taking a genuine interest in their career?