6 Must-Ask Questions To Hire Stars

You and your hiring team need to quickly and accurately assess the merits of a given candidate without involving them in a prolonged interview process, during which time they’re likely to find work elsewhere or lose interest. It all starts with asking the right questions. Don’t waste time on surface-level conversation; instead, develop a series of thought-provoking prompts that, when used effectively, will naturally reveal your candidate's character, values, skills, and motivations.

1. "Tell me about an instance where you’ve been #1" 

School, sports, work - this prompt can be taken in a number of different directions depending on the person you're interviewing. Regardless of how they choose to answer, the response will clue you in to their relationship to hard work, commitment, and success. Can they put in the hours, the effort, the emotional investment in order to be the best?

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Deconstructing the most public interview in the world – Dos and Don’ts

Set aside the war for talent - the war for (apparently multi-lingual!!) soundbites has commenced!  As of last night, ten of the twenty Democratic candidates entered what will be the most scrutinized and drawn-out interview process worldwide. Upwards of sixteen million people watched, commented, and dissected their every word and action - myself included! Except as a recruiter of 20+ years, I watched the debates from a somewhat unique perspective: I watched as someone whose entire business hinges on the success - or failure - of the interview process itself. Somewhere between Warren’s student loan plan and O’Rourke’s climate change initiative, a few things became exceptionally clear; the same issues plaguing the average candidate exert equal influence on the most qualified and well-trained professionals in the land. That being said, these presidential hopefuls do have a lot to teach us. Here’s what went right in yesterday’s debate, and what went surprisingly wrong. ...
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