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Candidates who attended elite schools and had served in reputable organisations are sure eye-catchers on resumes. But latest study by real-time listening platform Waggl revealed that up to 85% of business and HR leaders believe an insightful interview question is more important than a resume for sourcing talent and cultural fit.
Waggl also asked participants, “What’s your most insightful interview question and why?”. Here are the top ten interview questions from that list:
1. 72.6% voted for “Tell me about the 3 most pivotal leadership experiences in your career. What did you learn? How do you apply that today?”
2. 65.8% voted for “How do you approach someone who is not cooperative?”
3. 63.8% voted for “Tell me about the opportunity/event/etc. that made you grow the most as a leader.”
4. 63.7% voted for “What is your personal professional brand? How would your current or former co-workers describe you, and what is a piece of constructive feedback you receive consistently? What have you done to improve on that?”
5. 62.5% voted for “Tell me about a time when you overcame internal resistance and successfully accomplished an important business objective.”
6. 62.1% voted for “Who is your hero and why?”
7. 61.4% voted for “What excites you about this job?”
8. 61.1% voted for “Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback from a customer or stakeholder. How did you address this feedback and what was the final outcome?”
9. 60.2% voted for “Describe a workplace challenge/issue/problem and how you overcame it.”
10. 59.9% voted for “I would ask a real world problem question that I’m currently facing in the area of candidates expertise, and ask them how they would solve it.”
“This is a great example of how pulse surveys can be used to not only measure consensus on important issues, but also to quickly and efficiently source great ideas that benefit all participants,” said Michael Papay, CEO, Waggl in a press release.
“The open-ended question surfaced some excellent interview questions that I’m looking forward to using in our own hiring processes. It’s also important for job seekers to note that this set of business and HR leaders are more interested in questions that discern leadership potential, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback than on traditional interview questions that focus solely on past accomplishments or future goals.” he added.