The Questions You Ask (And Don't) Reveal The Most About You

Every hiring manager has a favorite list of interview questions. They fortify the give-and-take of an interview while testing knowledge, skills, personality and interpersonal skills -- all in an effort to predict a job candidate’s suitability.

I’m always friendly and polite in interviews, and I’m genuinely interested in other people. But I like to get down to business by asking, “What questions can I be helpful answering?”

In most cases, the response to that first question indicates within seconds how relevant, prepared and interested a candidate is. The questions a candidate pose signal to me whether I should expand the discussion or wind it down.

In fact, I find that the questions a candidate asks -- and doesn’t ask --are often far more revealing than responses to questions I ask. A candidate’s questions are one of the best indicators of intelligence, reasoning and curiosity -- and the ability to frame and advance a problem with others.

When screening job candidates, certainly apply your own questions. But pay equal attention, if not more, to the questions they ask you.



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  1. Pete Austin from Fresh Relevance, December 17, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.

    Job interviews are one of those situations where you should only ask significant questions if you already know the answers, which means they only really show preparation.

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