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

Let’s look at the sixth question . . .


Good Interview Question 6

Q6. Have you ever lost your job and, if so, what did you learn from that experience?

WhGood Interview Questions from www.HRwisdom.com.auen you ask people about how they lost their job, listen carefully for the answers.

A simple answer of I was made redundant, perhaps with a shrug of the shoulders doesn’t really tell you much about the person at all.  But some people will say, “I was made redundant because they were competing products and we just couldn’t cope as a business” or “We lost a few big orders” something like that.  At least that reveals to you that they understand the reasons behind their retrenchment and of course at the other end of the scale, you might have someone who is really bitter about the company sacking them and they will start to give their answer through gritted teeth.

Now, you need to be careful to other people who are holding a grudge for a long time.  I’m not saying that that’s necessarily bad.  I mean people get affected by emotions and they can have a very big impact on their lives.  However, the candidate who picks themselves up quickly and says, “Well I know what happened and why it happened and I’m getting on with my life.”  That’s the sort of candidate that will make the better employee for you..


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