By Sam Deep and
Lyle Sussman, the authors of
Act on It!
Guided by the successes and failures of past employees, use these questions that
measure critical success factors for this job.
Respond to each answer with at least one follow-up question that probes for even
richer information about the candidate.
Value of These Questions
Which of your past experiences is most relevant to this job?
What single strength of yours is most important for this
What were the weaknesses of your past supervisors? (Reject candidates who snipe at
What was your biggest disappointment in your last job? (Look for a willingness to accept
What two personal projects are you most proud of? What was
your role in them? (Look for a proven track record.)
How, specifically, did you add value to your last position?
What's being missed now that you're gone?
When we evaluate your performance, what relative emphasis
should we place on your excellence as a [job title] versus
other employees? (Look for the emphasis relevant to