In a book I co-authored earlier this year titled “The CEO’s Guide to Talent Acquisition” we highlighted a list of questions that a hiring managers should consider using in the interviewing process. It’s not rocket science and… I am in NO way suggesting that this is a complete and comprehensive list of questions. I am only suggesting that you might find some of these questions interesting the next time you conduct an in person interview. Whether you use some of these questions or a list of your own, you should try to create an interview questionnaire that you follow in each interview session. It will make the interview flow much better and give you a way to benchmark and compare answers to the same questions.
- What question do you have for me right away?
- What would really surprise me about you? What else?
- What’s your real motivation to change jobs? No, the real reason (test, re-test)
- What’s your philosophy on goal setting?
- What reading material would I find on your coffee table, nightstand, kitchen table, car?
- Tell me a story about you placed in an ethical dilemma and what happened?
- How did you earn money while in college?
- How far away from home have you traveled? (Have a map on your desk)
- Draw me a pie chart showing how you spend an 8 hour day.
- Are you a curious person, and if so, show me an example
- What’s your favorite success story and failure story?
- What should I have asked you that I haven’t?
- Want to be a millionaire? Why? What are you doing to prepare for it?
- How would your world change if you made $35,000 more next year?
- Are you ready to resign form your job in 5 days? What will they do when you quit? What will they say about you after you have left the company?
- Share some stories about the 4 most influential people you know.
- Have you ever created a 30, 60, 90-day strategic plan for your job or a future job? (Well, today’s their lucky day)