The Interview Questions You Should Be Asking

Although it’s a proven best-practice, most employers do not use a structured, standardized question set to interview job applicants. This inevitably leads to a wild variance in the quality of new hires because no one is comparing apples to apples.

The shame of this is that most employers do have a structured, standardized employee performance review that could easily be converted to the structured interview questions needed to raise the quality of new hire across the board.

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Here are a couple of quick examples:

Performance Review Item Interview Question
Communications Skills Tell me about a time you convinced your boss or a coworker to undertake a new project or do something another way.
Meeting Goals & Objectives On a scale of 1 – 10, on your last job, how successful were you when it came to meeting you weekly and/or monthly goals? What would it have taken for you to be able to give yourself a higher number?

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