Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How to ask good interview questions.

Your questions shouldn't offend and should help you establish the applicant's qualifications and prospects for success on the job. Questions about values look to find if there's any cultural misalignment.

1. What are some of the things that make a job really satisfying for you?

2. What three accomplishments do you take the greatest pride in?

3. What's the toughest job you have ever had? How did you handle it?

4. What kind of boss do you work best with?

5. What would your present or former boss say about you? What would he have liked to see you do differently?

6. Tell me about a mistake that you made, either at work or in your personal life, that taught you a significant lesson?

7. Give me an example where you improved yourself over the last three months.

8. Have you ever risked being fired to do what you thought was right? Explain.

9. What values do you admire most in your favorite Company?

10. During a heated disagreement between co-workers, if you could be either a peacemaker or a decision maker, which would you choose and why?

11. Do you have any responsibilities that would conflict with your job attendance or travel requirements?

12. Describe times when you’ve had to juggle several tasks and deadlines at the same time.

13. What work situations have irritated you or made you upset, angry, in the past?

14. Describe a time when you took the initiative to handle something outside your area of responsibility. Why did you decide to do this?

15. Suppose we had a product or service that you felt didn't meet our customers' needs – what would you do about it?

16. What personal agendas do you think you'll satisfy by accepting this position?

17. What’s the best use of your time and talent?

18. What do you wish you had more time to do?

See also some excellent advice from Van A. Thaxton, a HR consultant in San Diego, at

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