Probing Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • When I call your references, what will they say?
  • What accomplishments are you particularly proud of?
  • What motivates you? How do you motivate people?
  • Why are you in the job market?
  • What are the best, and worst, aspects of your current position?
  • Describe your management style.
  • How do you resolve disputes?
  • Have you ever gone out on a limb on a job? Tell me what happened.
  • What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career?
  • Describe your current organization chart and how you fit into it.
  • Describe your participation in team efforts. What worked, what didn’t?
  • Have you ever been terminated from a job? Why?
  • Tell me about a business experience in which you had to use good communication skills.
  • What actions do you take before you terminate an employee?
  • How many levels of management have you interacted with? How many different departments?
  • Describe an ideal work environment.
  • Have you ever made an unpopular management decision? What happened?
  • What is the biggest decision you ever had to make?

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