Hiring Wisdom: New and Improved Interview Questions to Consider

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Here is a great question, with a new twist.

I have used this question in the past, but, for some reason, stopped. Recently though, I modified it a bit to make it much stronger.

Original version: “Take me through a typical day.” Two things are wrong with this phrasing:

  • I don’t think in today’s world there is such a thing as “a typical day.
  • When you ask a hypothetical question, all you get is a hypothetical answer.

Here’s the new and improved version: “Take me through your day yesterday from beginning to end.

Notice how much detail the person goes into. When they tell you something like they got to the office at 7:45 a.m., ask: “Is that typical or is that normal?

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This becomes a very powerful question when you are interviewing someone who is not working or going to school. It gives you a great picture of how they are using their time and how serious they are about finding work.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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