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
  2. Good Interview Question 2
  3. Good Interview Question 3
  4. Good Interview Question 4
  5. Good Interview Question 5
  6. Good Interview Question 6

Let’s look at the seventh question . . .


Good Interview Question 7

Q7. Tell us about a time you had to break a safety rule. What were the circumstances and consequences and what would you do differently next time?

Good Interview Questions from www.HRwisdom.com.auOn first reading, you might think that this question is designed to trap candidates but it isn’t.


Preferred Interview Answer – What You Want To Hear

You don’t really need to write down answers that are incriminating or anything like that.

What you’re really trying to do is find out if they have a sense of what safety is all about and if they come in to a situation where a rule needs to have been broken, then what did they do about it?

Did they go back to their safety committee or their supervisor and bring about changes in the way that the work was being done?

That’s what you’re listening for.

This is an internal attitude to safety and a bias towards trying to improve systems so that they’re safe for other people.


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