My Favourite Interview Questions

These are typical of the kind of questions I like to ask candidates in interview.  What are your favourite questions?
1. Which sensation do you enjoy the most? For example the sensation of winning, achieving, relief, being ahead of schedule, independence, being part of a team etc.
2. Of your siblings and peers, who is the most successful, in your opinion, and how do you feel about that?
3. Do you have a low sales resistance?
4. Where in the world would you rather be, if not here?
5. What motivates you?
6. How do you feel about failure?
7. Why are you an engineer/ recruiter/ Python Developer?
8. Who is depending on you to succeed?
9. In your work experience to date, which job was the least useful to your career?
10. How good are you at what you do, compared to your colleagues?
11. How do you measure that?
12. How self-sufficient are you? 

I wouldn’t dream of asking all these questions in the one interview. I would also ask different questions when hiring staff for me, than for a client. The purpose of these questions is to find out more about the person, and for them to reveal themselves.
As an interviewer, I am not technically proficient to test candidates in detail about all their proficiencies. This means I need to assess them as people, and use that to then judge if they are what the say they are, and will represent themselves and me well in a meeting with my client.  These questions are of course asked in addition to the usual questions all candidates are asked in interview situations.

PS. Most of these questions are only suitable in a face to face situation.

Stephen O'Donnell is a lifelong recruiter, internet enthusiast, fadgadget and peripatetic writer.

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