Yes, the wrong questions can destroy your chance to be hired.
True story with our candidate: He was interviewing for a $100,000/year job. The interview had lasted an hour. The hiring manager loved the candidate. There was no one else interviewing. The hirer had made up his mind that this guy was going to work [...]
Ask, and it shall be given unto you. (Bible)
I talk to hiring managers after interviews to see how my candidates have done. I also ask about the competition. One of the common complaints I hear about many candidates is, “I’m not sure he really wanted the job.”
When I ask my candidates about [...]
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. (Charles C. Colton)
Passing technical interviews used to be the bane of my company’s existence. I would send very qualified individuals for programming jobs. They would come back from their technical interview bleak and [...]
I did great in my first interview for my first job as a programmer temp. Then they started asking questions about exactly how a database control statement was written. I had written the crazy things, but I couldn’t remember exactly how it had to go. I was forced to admit I just couldn’t remember.
Your new job was not what you expected. The official job description really only told what you would do 15 hours each week. The other 45 hours per week you were wrestling alligators or cleaning bedpans. You quit after 1 month.
Keep this from happening to you by asking two questions.
Your two questions need [...]
I have been asked to find people for the ultimate bad situation. For example a job had 4 bosses in 1 year – each one fired. 7 coworkers had quit in that same year.
I asked the difficult questions, and then refused to place someone in that job. However, I have placed people in difficult [...]
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical distinctions. (Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Urine Test)
Shirley Temple was asked about the “casting couch” mentality in Hollywood. She said it only came up once. She was talking with a mogul about a [...]
Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy. (Spanish proverb)
He came in for an interview after a depressing few months of job hunting. Within 5 minutes it was obvious why no one wanted to hire him. The thinly veiled depression didn’t help. What killed him was [...]
Dare to be different. Different like the cartoon roadrunner, not like the coyote. Everyone likes the roadrunner. He has an infectious smile and inventive ways of getting safely past the coyote.
Companies hire to fill a need. By asking the right questions, you can find out what that need is. Just [...]
Salespeople who earn over $100,000 per year know how to ask questions. Then they ask another related question. Top salespeople get smart people to say, “He’s right, I need his help.” They do it without telling how smart they are. They do it by asking the right questions.
Your job interview is [...]