Top 20  Thought-provoking Questions to ask Candidates

#1 What are the 3 adjectives people may use to describe you? What are you known for? What do you get appreciated for?

#2 What is the one habit you are trying to change in yourself but haven’t been able to? Why?

#3 How often did you proactively ask for feedback from your seniors or peers?

#4 When have you failed? What did you learn from this experience?

#5 How have you improved as an employee through the years? How have you changed as a leader or manager?

#6 In what scenarios do you lose your patience?

#7 In five minutes, could you explain a complicated concept that you know well in simple words?

#8 If you didn’t need to work for money, which profession would you be in?

#9 What keeps you going at work? / What motivates you to come to work every day?/ How do you motivate yourself to get to work?

#10 How did you prepare for this interview? / What do you know about our organization?

#11 Who have you admired in your career and why? / Who helped you get where you are today?

#12 What do you value most in your jobs?

#13 How do you handle a situation where two people aren't working well together?

#14 Tell me about a time you disagreed with a manager’s instructions or point of view in the workplace. What did you do?

#15 Take me through a bad professional relationship you’ve had. Why didn't it work?

#16 If a restaurant served you the wrong dish or a dish not cooked to your satisfaction, what would you do?

#17 What's one piece of advice or knowledge that's changed your life and why?

#18 What do you rely more upon - hard work or luck? Why?

#19 If you had to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no way that you could finish all of them, what would you do?

#20 If you were appointed as the CEO of the company, what is the first thing you would change?

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