I run a small start-up (about 6 people currently) but we are constantly looking for the right people to grow. Two of our core values are "hunger for knowledge" & "technology orientation".
I would love some advice on good interview questions & more importantly small exercises/tests etc, we can use to test these skills in people. For e.g. in terms of technology, we rely heavily on excel and use a lot of the advanced features. After interviewing 100's of candidates, I have realised that even the best talent in our market only has basic excel skills (at our budget probably) and that is fine, as we can train people in this area. However, we would really like to filter out the people, who would
1. Have a great huger for knowledge/curiosity
2. Aptitude & hunger to learning new software
Would love some ideas on questions/processes we can use for this.
Also, I am in a country where English is the not the first language, but as our candidates are required to speak English, most of them speak english as a second language. The issue with this is, they are not always fluent in expressing themselves when it comes to behavioural questions, therefore, I do have a preference of good exercises/scenarios t test the above skills, but at the same time, am open to creative questions.