The Best Question You Can Ask of Job Applicants on Any Interview (VIDEO)

FROM THE ARCHIVES (2013)

On this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter suggests a great question you can ask every job applicant that he learned from his son.

NOTE: I NO LONGER DO RECRUITING. No BS Hiring Advice and No BS Job Search Advice, have now blended into No BS Coaching Advice Ezine.

Summary

Today I want to talk with you about some no BS hiring advice, some simple, direct, straightforward advice that is designed to help you is in HR professional, he was a manager or director, you as a business owner hire more effectively.

Today's tip really comes from kids. My son is now 16 and I remember when he was much, much younger. Do you remember this question that they would ask (or maybe you remember asking this question yourself)? The question became, "Why?"

"Why" is 1 of the great questions that can be asked on any interview. "Tell me about what you did?" Listen to the answer. "Why was it done that way?" You'll learn something about the potential employee in their thought process. If they haven't delegated to them or really instructed what to do or did they have a creative explanation for why was done that way?

"How much are you looking for in the way of compensation?" "X number of dollars." "Why?" "Because my friends told me I'm worth that." That doesn't mean anything to you, does it?

Try asking the question, "Why," more often, and, if your hiring manager, take a little time to prepare your questions in advance. So often, managers are caught in situations where they are handling too much "stuff" and they haven't really thought through what they're going to ask in order to find out whether someone can actually do the job that is going to be laid out for them.

Take some time to create some canned questions in order to figure out whether this person has the right skills for what you want them to do.

Then, don't forget to ask why as a follow-up to all your questions.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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