You see, if you’re:
- Hiring, you need to be more certain than ever you’re getting the right person.
- Seeking work, prior knowledge of these questions could be your winning edge.
These queries are neither foolproof nor universally used.
But if you role play them to perfection with colleagues, family and friends, I promise you’ll be ahead of the game.
- Choose five words to describe yourself.
- What are your weaknesses?
- If you had to choose, would you rather work alone or in groups? Why?
- Why should we hire you over all the other candidates?
- What are you going to bring to this company?
- You’ve had a lot of jobs in a relatively short time. How do we know you’ll stay with us?
- Tell me about a time when you were in conflict with someone at work.
- How are you going to balance work and private life in this job?
- What is your vision for our industry?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What are your three, five and ten year plans for personal and career development?
- What made you apply for this job?
- What do you do for kicks in your spare time?
- What can you tell us about our organisation?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- What are you passionate about?
- Why are you in this industry?
- What do you like best/worst about your current job?
- Describe in detail the best/worst day you’ve ever had at work. What made it so?
- If you don’t get this job, what will you do?
- What are you afraid of?
- If you had to leave this industry, what would you do instead?
- If you could have any job (apart from this one), what and where would it be?
For ten years, these questions helped me separate the sheep from the combine harvesters.
They unmasked pretenders, exalted true talent and revealed hidden gems.
The people who answered correctly went on to great things.
Doesn’t that sound nice?
See any questions you like?
How about some you hate?
Got any to add?
I’m in your hands …