Employers often ask us at HRwisdom for good interview questions to select good candidates.

We have gone one better.

Robert WatsonThanks to long time HRwisdom Community contributor, Robert Watson, we have come up with a Top 10 List of Interview Questions to ask at job interviews.

However, rather than just give you some excellent questions to ask, Robert also gives you the type of answer you want to hear back from your ideal candidate.

And believe us when we say that Robert knows what he is talking about.

Although he started out as an engineer and quality systems expert, Robert also had many years in the HR field perfecting recruitment & selection systems for a variety of businesses.

Robert even did extensive travel overseas for the express purpose of studying world’s best practice for establishing greenfields (brand new) business operations in Australia – this included how to hire people for their skills, knowledge and attributes (and not just the stuff listed on their CVs).

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So far we’ve seen:

  1. Good Interview Question 1

Let’s look at the second question . . .


Good Interview Question 2

Q2. How did you know how well the business was going?

Good Interview Questions from www.HRwisdom.com.au For the average employee, they really don’t know how the business is going and they really don’t care.

Most people are just focused on their job. They turn up everyday. They do what they have to do and they are eager to leave at the end of the day and they look forward to the weekend.

That’s the average sort of employee out there.

But it’s in your interest to look out for candidates and put new employees on who have a little bit more a sense of how the business is going.


Preferred Interview Answer – What You Want Hear

So, when you ask this question, I would reckon that half of the candidates will just shrug their shoulders.

Most of the rest of them will go “Once a year or every six months, the boss used to tell us how the business is going” something like that.

However, there’ll be a low number of candidates, probably one in twenty, who will say things like “Well, I looked at how the price was going on the stock exchange,” for instance, or “Every six months, the boss sits down with us and shares his graphs on how sales have been going and I notice that within the last quarter, the sales have been going down as has the general economy” and things like that.

So you need to keep an ear open for those candidates who express some interest in how the business is going and how it might connect in with the community.


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