Job interview questions

Job interview questions – two sides of the coin!

There are two sides to any set of job interview questions!

As we’ve already discussed in several places on the Happy Manager, one of the best ways to manage performance in your organisation is to recruit the right people. In our article: the Value of a Good Manager we wholeheartedly endorse the work of Stanford University’s Professor Bob Sutton. In his books and blog he points out the damage poor managers can do to workplace morale and efficiency. He has several answers but one of the most fundamental (and perhaps most obvious), is to keep the wrong people out in the first place!


Questions for interviewers

With that in mind, we thought we’d link to this interesting list of interview questions recently posted on the Industrial Space website.

7 questions managers should ask job applicants is a general list for interviewers but it’s equally valid when recruiting managers into your organisation:

  1. What kind of experience do you have in this field?
  2. What’s it like to work here?
  3. What would you do if (x) happened?
  4. What are your goals in life?
  5. What are you doing to make sure you achieve them?
  6. Tell me about your hobbies.
  7. What would you like to talk about?

Questions for interviewees

Of course, every coin has two sides so if you’re the applicant, it’s worth asking the right questions too. Make sure the job you’re applying for is for you. That’s one way to help ensure you both enjoy your work, and perform well – keeping everyone happy!

In our article: Make Your Interview Questions Count, we’ve expanded on Alexander Kjerulf’s advice for interviewees. He recommends asking open-ended questions, which will explore the interviewer’s experiences in the organisation. Kjerulf (aka the Chief Happiness Officer) suggests you ask questions like:

  • What’s been your best experience working at this company?
  • When do you have the most fun at work?
  • Who do you enjoy working with the most here? What do you like about them?
  • Which manager do you admire the most in this company? What do you admire about that person?
  • What’s the greatest thing your manager has done for his/her people?

Getting the right people, doing the right things is perhaps the most important job for any manager.

This is a point clearly made by management guru Peter Drucker, so we’ll let him have the last word.

Decisions about placing people are critical because they determine:

the performance capacity of the organisation.

Why not join the conversation – tell us your favourite job interview questions.

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