Recruiting Tips- Preparing Your Candidate To Get Commitment!


One of my mentors many years ago shared one of his key success secrets with me and that is simply to prepare your candidate to expect and prepare for the unexpected question.  You see, hiring authorities are often seeking to qualify out as many times as they seek to qualify in, which means it is critical in giving good service to prepare your candidate properly. 

In an interview your candidate needs to be prepared for any question.  Many are legally inappropriate, however they do get asked.  A powerful exercise to completely prepare for the interview, is to have your candidate go through each question below and formulate have their response.  This exercise, not only prepares your candidate for the explicit question in this list should it be asked, but it also prepares them mentally and energetically to powerfully manage any question that is asked of your candidate.

  • What are you short-range objectives? Long range?
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • Why are you leaving?
  • What can you do for us that someone else cannot do?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Can you work under pressure, deadlines, etc.?
  • What is your philosophy of management?
  • Do you prefer staff of line work? Why?
  • What kind of salary are you worth and why?
  • What are you five biggest accomplishments in your present or last job? Your career?
  • Why didn’t you do better in college?
  • What is your biggest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What business, credit of character reference can you give us?
  • How long would it take to make a contribution to our firm?
  • How do you feel about people from minority groups?
  • If you could start again, what would you do differently?
  • How do you rate yourself as a professional?
  • How do you rate yourself as an executive?
  • What would your current manager say is your weakness?  Your strength
  • If you stay in your current position, what would be a logical promotion?  Why leave?
  • What new goals or objectives have you established recently? Why?
  • How have you changed the nature of you job?
  • What do you think of your boss
  • What is your feeling about alcoholism?    

·    What is your feeling about divorce?    

·    What are your feelings about abortion?

·    What are your feelings about women in business?

·    What are your feelings about religion?  

  • Why haven’t you obtained a job so far?
  • What features of your previous job have you disliked?
  • Would you describe a few situations in which your work was criticized?
  • Would you object to working for a woman?
  • Why did your business fail?
  • How would you evaluate your present firm?
  • Do you generally speak to people before they speak to you?
  • If you were at a social function and you did not know anyone, how would you meet others?  Why would you do that?
  • How would you describe the essence of success?
  • What was the last book you read?      
  • What was the last movie you saw?      
  • What was the last sporting event you attended?
  • What interests you most about the position we have?   
  • What interests you least about the position?
  • Don’t you feel you might be better off with a different size firm than ours?
  • Why aren’t you earning more by now?
  • Will you be out to take your boss’s job?
  • Are you a leader?    Give an example.
  • A you good manager?     Give a good example.
  • Are you analytical?     Give an example.
  • How would you describe you own personality?
  • Have you helped increase sales?     Profit?     Reduce costs?
  • How many years have you attained quota?
  • The years you have not, why?
  • Do you have customers who are unhappy about the work you performed for them?
  • What do your subordinates think of you?
  • Have you hired people before?    
  • What do you look for?   
  • Have you fired people before?
  • How long would you stay with us?
  • Why have you not been promoted?
  • What charitable endeavors do you pursue?
  • How much travel is too much travel for you?
  • What do you don’t have in your current position that you would like to have?
  • Do you stay in touch with past colleagues from?  Why not?
  • When you were a child, who did you want to become?  Are you on track?



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