High-Impact Interview Questions

  • 2h 23m
  • Victoria A. Hoevemeyer
  • 2006

"Tell me about a time...." The words evoke a child’s fairy-tale innocence. Yet when used by an interviewer, they can help to determine the suitability of a job candidate by eliciting real-world examples of behaviors and experience that can save you and your organization from making a bad hiring decision.

High-Impact Interview Questions shows you how to use competency-based behavioral interviewing methods that will uncover truly relevant and useful information. By having applicants describe specific situations from their own experience during previous jobs (rather than asking them hypothetical questions about "what would you do if..."), you’ll be able to identify specific strengths and weaknesses that will tell you if you’ve found the right person for the job. But developing such behavior-based questions can be time-consuming and difficult.

High-Impact Interview Questions saves you both time and effort. The book contains 701 questions you’ll be able to use or adapt for your own needs, matched to 62 in-demand skills such as customer focus, motivation, initiative, adaptability, teamwork, and more. It allows you to move immediately to the particular skills you want to measure, and quickly find just the right tough but necessary questions to ask during an interview.

Asking behavior-based questions is by far the best way to discover crucial details about job candidates. High-Impact Interview Questions gives you the tools and guidance you need to gather this important information before you hire.

About the Author

Victoria A. Hoevemeyer is Manager, Organizational Effectiveness, with APAC Customer Services, Inc. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a specialist in organizational development, leadership development, and management development. She has helped many organizations make the conversion from traditional to behavior-based interviewing.

In this Book

  • Interviewing: The Way it is (Warts and All)
  • The What, When, and Why of Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing
  • Competency-Based Behavioral Interview Questions
  • Probing or Follow-Up Questions
  • Initial Telephone Screening Interview
  • Creating the Interview Guide
  • Assembling the Interviewer Data
  • Where Do You Go from Here?
  • Resources and References


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