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What to ask in the interview – the 4 best questions

Contributor, hard working, excited and interested will get you a job. Greedy, lazy, bored and distracted will get you shown the door out.

Excellent questions are a way to show the difference between you and the other candidates. You need to ask questions that show you will take some of the burden off of the [...]

How to blow an interview using any of 5 questions

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 [...]

You have to ask two questions in every interview

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 [...]

How to find the technical interview questions you will be asked

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 [...]

The technical interview secret they never tell you

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.

That [...]

The 2 most powerful questions to ask when you are interviewed

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 [...]

5 brave interview questions for Eagles to ask

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 [...]

Illegal questions and what to worry about

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 [...]

Slitting your throat with your own teeth in an interview

Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy. (Spanish proverb)

Discretion

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 [...]

10 optional interview questions

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 [...]