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The 10 Most Insightful Job Interview Questions

The 10 Most Insightful Job Interview Questions
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Gone are the days when job interviews focused on past accomplishments. A new study from Waggl, a real-time listening platform, revealed that 85 percent of business and HR leaders believe an insightful interview question is more important than a resume for sourcing talent and cultural fit.

Organizations are focusing on questions that discern leadership potential, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback, said Michael Papay, CEO of Waggl.

"An inherent aspect of leadership potential is the ability to integrate constructive feedback, so job seekers should be prepared to showcase their experience with that," Papay told Business News Daily.  "In addition, employers are looking for candidates who demonstrate agility and high degree of resiliency and grit." [See Related Story: The Best Answers to 6 Common Job Interview Questions]

As part of the study, Waggl uncovered the top 10 interview questions that those making hiring decisions said provide the most insight on a potential new employee. They were:

  1. "Tell me about the three most pivotal leadership experiences in your career.  What did you learn? How do you apply that today?"
  2. "How do you approach someone who is not cooperative?"
  3. "Tell me about the opportunity/event/etc. that made you grow the most as a leader."
  4. "What is your personal professional brand? How would your current or former co-workers describe you, and what is a piece of constructive feedback you receive consistently? What have you done to improve on that?"
  5. "Tell me about a time when you overcame internal resistance and successfully accomplished an important business objective."
  6. "Who is your hero and why?"
  7. "What excites you about this job?"
  8. "Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback from a customer or stakeholder. How did you address this feedback, and what was the final outcome?"
  9. "Describe a workplace challenge/issue/problem and how you overcame it."
  10. "How would you handle a problem we are currently facing?" Then provide a specific real-world example of a problem being faced.

The study was based on surveys of 225 HR and business leaders from a wide range of organizations.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.