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IN BRIEF: Five Must-Ask Interview Questions

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The interview. It's an important aspect of the job search for all parties involved and whether you're the interviewer or the interviewee, knowing these five must-ask questions will help hone your interview skills.

Five Must-Ask Interview Questions


As the economy picks up, companies are starting to hire more. But managers often only get funds for a few key hires, so they have to select new employees wisely. That makes conducting a smart interview critical.

Reporter Willa Plank checked in with Ben Dattner, founding principal of organizational consulting and research firm Dattner Consulting, to get his interview advice.

Here are his five must-ask interview questions:

1. In what ways will this role help you stretch your professional capabilities?

This is a reversal of the common question, "What are some of your greatest weaknesses?" Normally candidates dress up their weaknesses, or talk about "positive weaknesses" such as a tendency to work too hard.

Phrased Dr. Dattner's way, this question may better prompt the candidate to describe skills she wants to improve and goals she'd like to achieve. Watch out for candidates who say the prospective job would simply incrementally add to what they already know.

Check out the other four must-ask questions now!



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