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Types of Interview Questions
Behavior-description question: A type of question that asks the candidate to use his or her experience to answer an interview question. These questions are often of the form: “Give me an example of a time when you…”
Hypothetical question: A type of question that asks how a candidate might behave in a situation. For the record, I do not like hypothetical questions. Why? Hypothetically I am perfect. The reality is quite different. Hypothetical questions are of the form, “What would you do in this situation?
Leading question: A leading question looks almost like a behavior-description question but leads the candidate. This question is of the form, “You have initiative, don’t you?” Don’t ask these questions.
Irrelevant questions: Questions that don’t tell you anything about how a person works at work. Questions of this type are “Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?” Or “Tell me how you would move Mt Fuji?” or any type of puzzle or riddle that is not behavior-based.
Sourcing: attracting candidates to your open position
Recruiting: Everything involved in getting the candidate in and hired.
Contract Recruiter: Someone you hire to find you candidates. You pay this person per your agreement, generally a significant portion of the employee’s salary when the candidate-turned-employee starts working.