The Interview

Without a doubt the most important tool for identifying whether a match exists between your company, the position requirements and the candidate is the personal interview. There are four key areas that should be explored in-depth during the interview process.

Below are suggested queries to elicit detailed information and insight into the candidate's cognitive processes for problem-solving for each of the four areas.

Candidate Work History

  • Describe your specific work activities during the last three years.
  • Describe the three most important duties or objectives of the open position then ask, "What experience have you had that would qualify you to perform these tasks?"
  • Present a realistic problem and ask, "How would you approach this issue and what are the steps you'd take to resolve it?"

Accomplishments & Achievements

  • What have you accomplished in your current position that has set you apart from others?
  • What have you done to impact the bottom line?
  • What have you done to date that has given you the most satisfaction?

Motivation & Attitude

  • If you could design your next job, what precisely would you be doing?
  • What would you change about your current (or most recent) position and why?
  • What is prompting you to make a change at this time?

Personality & Interests

  • How would your last supervisor, co-worker, or subordinate describe you?
  • Describe some of your outside interests.
  • How do you keep balance in your life?

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