Talent Acquisition & Interviewing Techniques – Do’s & Don't – Part VI

Having touched upon Type of Questions in my previous post, Now let us look at what constitutes Good interview questions and how do we go about asking them. Below are few questions that will give you a fair sense of Good / Not so Good Interview questions :

         Asking anything that starts with “what factored into your decision to ……”  This will help you get a sense for how the candidate organizes their thoughts and how they analyze issues.  Avoid phrasing questions with “why”  it puts people on the defensive.

        What did you like best about (name the deal/job/activity)? Positive questions early in the interview help the candidate to loosen up a bit.

          What two or three professional accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Another positive question that may help you learn about their motivation. 

          What did you learn from (name the experience)? You can begin to get a sense of their values

          If you could change any decision you’ve made, what would it be? This is one of those questions that usually elicit personal information, which can help you in deciding if there is a “fit”.

If you wish to explore specific competencies & behavioral aspects, given below are brief set of questions to Ask : -

Relating to decision making and problem solving :-
          Tell me about a difficult decision you had to make within the last year.
          Give me an example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.
          Tell me about a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.
          Tell me about a time when you failed to spot an obvious solution to a problem. 

Relating to motivation : -
          Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).
          What have you done that demonstrates initiative?
          How did your former supervisor get your best performance from you?
          What type of work environment do you need to function most productively?
Relating to communication and interpersonal skills : -
          Tell me about a time when you had to persuade a coworker or colleague to accomplish a task or to see your point of view.
          Describe an unpopular decision you have made and how you dealt with the result.
          Tell me about a time when you had to work with a person who did things very differently from you. 

Relating to planning and organization :-
          Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and had to prioritize your tasks.
          What method do you use to schedule your time?
          Everyone has had an experience when they just could not complete a project on time  - when has this happened to you?
          How do you determine what is critical and what is not?

Now let us cover bad interview questions which includes questions that: Suggest there is a right or wrong answer | Telegraph the answer that you want | Can be answered in one word | Put the candidate on the defensive | Are illegal.

Inappropriate questions include questions relating to any of the above, including:

Marital Status : Are you married? Is this your maiden or married name? With whom do you live?

Parental Status : How many kids do you have? Do you plan to have children? Are you pregnant?

Age : How old are you? What year were you born? When did you graduate from high school? 
National Origin : Where were you born? Where are your parents from?, What's your heritage?

Race or Skin Color : What race are you? Are you a member of a minority group?

Religion or Creed : What religion are you? Which religious holidays will you be taking off from work? Do you attend church regularly?

Disability  : Do you have any disabilities? What's your medical history? How does your condition affect your abilities? 

In my next post, I shall attempt to cover the Questions that prospective employee may ask. Watch out the space!

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