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Quiz: Could You Pass This Job Interview?

Thanks to research like our Hiring For Attitude project, interviewers are becoming increasingly sophisticated.  Are you up-to-date with the latest techniques?  Can you pass this job interview?
Posted by Mark Murphy on 24 January, 2017 Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions, Quizzes | 10 comments | Read more →

A Behavioral Interview Question To Test If Someone Can Motivate Themselves

Today’s organizations want to hire self-motivated, self-leading and self-sufficient people. Companies want people who are internally driven to give 100% effort at work; not people who require bribes, babysitting or cajoling to give maximum effort.
Of course, that’s a tough attribute to assess in an interview. And there are lots of interview questions that are just useless for measuring that attribute.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 23 January, 2017 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Goofball Questions

Whenever we talk about Hiring for Attitude the discussion typically turns to what are the best and worst interview questions to ask. Now, there is always some group of people that will start asking pop-psychological kind of weird, goofball sort of questions. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 19 January, 2017 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Company Seeker


Here’s one of the most important job interview tips you’ll ever get. This will seem a weird bit of career advice, and it may not immediately sound like it belongs to job interview tips, but don't be a job seeker. What do I mean by that?
Posted by Mark Murphy on 29 December, 2016 Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

Beware Of Hiring Candidates Who Say 'Always' And 'Never' In Job Interviews

InterviewIf the job candidate you’re interviewing says “always” and “never” a lot, it may be a signal that you’re talking to a low performer. How do we know this? MyHiring for Attitude research team asked about 1,400 professionals a series of open-ended job interview questions such as, ” Could you tell me about a time you got tough feedback from the boss?”
Posted by Mark Murphy on 21 July, 2016 Forbes, Interview Questions | 0 comments | Read more →

The Hidden Flaw In Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral InterviewWe’ve all used behavioral interview questions—questions that ask job candidates to recount a past experience so we can assess their likely future performance. In theory, behavioral interview questions should work just fine (because past behavior is usually a decent predictor of future behavior).
But most interviewers ask behavioral questions in a way that gives away the correct answer and thus ruins the question’s effectiveness.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 June, 2016 Forbes, Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions | 0 comments | Read more →

The Biggest Mistake With Behavioral Interview Questions

behavioral interview questionsThe following are some standard behavioral interview questions commonly asked by managers around the globe, and every one of them is seriously flawed. See if you can identify the problem:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a difficult situation. What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how
     you resolved it.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Hiring for Attitude, Interview Questions | 2 comments | Read more →

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