We asked some of our top Experts for advice on “What is your single most important interview question that you will ask before hiring anyone? “. Here is what they said:

Expert advise from Dianne Crampton First question i ask before hiring someone. I assume this means my own team member rather than a contractor. Tell me about your core values. What is true north behavior for you?I ask this question because value fit is important to our team and to establishing a strong culture of belonging, respect, cooperation, and excellence. I want team members who can take point when their genius is needed for team success. – Dianne Crampton

Expert advise from Gregory Fisher Asking a person why they should be hired has become a common question that most job seekers expect. The question I like to ask is ‘Why do you want this job?’ People can talk a lot about what they can bring to the company or organization, but ultimately what interests me is their motivation. – Gregory Fisher

Expert advise from Ozana Giusca Why should we hire you? To see how confident the person is that she can do a good job. How can she sell herself? Everything is about selling. If she cant sell herself, how can she sell (talk nicely) the company she works for. How can she sell her ideas? – Ozana Giusca

Expert advise from Richard Crenian Before hiring anyone, I always ask them to describe their worst day at work, why it was their worst day, and what they learned from it. – Richard Crenian

Expert advise from Ted Wolk Tell me why I should hire you, and why do you think you would be good at this position. ” I also take note of “how fast a person walks, because people who walk fast seem to be the go getters. – Ted Wolk

Expert advise from Debbie Laskey What was the last book you read, and what did you learn from it? The books people read reflect their character, their interest in learning, and their hobbies. These elements aren’t always evident, and a person’s response to this question helps to shed light in ways other questions can’t. – Debbie Laskey

Expert advise from Sarah Boisvert Who pays your salary? In 30 years I’ve only had a handful of people answer correctly: the customer! – Sarah Boisvert

Expert advise from Rohan Bhatt If you were interviewing someone for the post that you are applying right now, what kind of a person do you think deserves the job and why? – Rohan Bhatt

Expert advise from Dave Menzies Can you please tell me what is your why? By that I mean what is it that gets you out of bed every day in order to get you closer to that goal? – Dave Menzies

Expert advise from Stan Popovich I want to speak to all of your past work history references and personal references before I hire you. I would want to ask the tough questions to their previous employers to get a sense of what other people think of the person looking to work for me. I would ask the tough questions to all of their references to get a general overview of who this person “really is”. The best way is to talk to people in their past. – Stan Popovich

Expert advise from Joydeep Bhattacharya Here is my question that I will ask before interviewing anyone: Which is more important knowledge or attitude? – Joydeep Bhattacharya

Expert advise from Leonard Sklar Who are you? Candidates are usually prepared to tell me all about their work history, where they succeeded or perhaps fell down, their goals, how they work with others, etc. But, they have to struggle to answer my favorite question, and I learn a lot about them as a result. – Leonard Sklar

Expert advise from John Nicholas This question would reveal the candidate’s values and attitude. It would open a discussion for you to have them elaborate on each of their points. That would give you an insight as to whether they coincide with the values of your organization and as to whether there would be a good fit. – John Nicholas

Expert advise from Peter Bonenberger Why do you want the job, and why do you think you are qualified for it? – Peter Bonenberger

Expert advise from John Gillett Can you tell me a story about how companies can use technology to improve efficiency, reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction in 200 words or less? – John Gillett

Expert advise from Rafi Akbar How can you identify and solve problems on the job Exceptional new hires would find ways to identify problems and will quickly want to address them in their new position. Getting the candidate to walk you through the steps of the process that will actually help find problems during the first weeks and prioritise them according to most important problems, and getting them to list it would probably be the most important question I would ask when hiring. – Rafi Akbar

Expert advise from Harriette Blye What has been your most life changing challenge? – Harriette Blye

Expert advise from Robert M Donnelly Are you willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy a reasonable request from a customer? – Robert M Donnelly

Expert advise from Henry Gregor The single most significant question you can ask a potential employee is: tell me why I should hire you! – Henry Gregor

Expert advise from Clifford Woods DOY KNOW HOW TO DO THE JOB? This is the basic questions and from the answer you can usually tell right away. If not some follow up questions for the specifics of HOW the job is done and the IMPORTANT aspects of the job in order to GET IT DONE. Not theory – but factual examples… – Clifford Woods

Expert advise from David Howard Being in the technical field, there is often debate on what is considered normal working hours, since most tech positions have on-cal rotation duties. So to gauge a person’s ability to balance work/family and competing priorities, I like to ask this: You are on call and a call comes in with a critical server down. Within moments of receiving that call, a personal emergency comes up that would require your full attention and time away from the work at hand. How do you handle the conflicting priorities? – David Howard

Expert advise from Victoria Heckstall Why they feel they are a good fit for the position. This is the most important question because it allows them to sell themselves and briefly describe what they are bringing to the table as well as show how they are different from other applicants. – Victoria Heckstall

Expert advise from Steve Pohlit What is your single most important interview question that you will ask before hiring anyone? – Steve Pohlit

Expert advise from Donna Messer The single most important interview question is who do you know? Social capital is the key to making it to the front of the line. What makes us stand out from the crowd is that list of colleagues that will respond when we need a resource, a contact or a referral. – Donna Messer

Expert advise from Leonard Scott An interviewee should be asked how he/she would deal with/solve the current challenges/opportunities in his/her function if he/she were hired. – Leonard Scott

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