By: Larry Fish, President
A certain amount of time investment is needed on the part of a prospective green industry employer to accurately determine what type and what level of information they will need during the interview to make a hire/no-hire decision. Therefore, it is critical that you, the job seeker, anticipate what may be asked and prepare better for the interview process.
In other words, by anticipating the various behavioral and experiential questions that may be asked during the interview, it typically means you will become the #1 finalist who gets the best offer. Here are some examples:
Questions to Reveal Integrity/Honesty/Trustworthiness
- What would you do if someone asked you to do something unethical?
- In what business situations do you feel honesty would be inappropriate?
- If you saw a co-worker doing something dishonest, would you tell me?
- What would you do about it?
Questions to Reveal Personality/Temperament/Ability to Work with Others
- If I call your references, what will they say about you?
- Describe a situation where you had to take a risk.
- What kinds of people would you rather not work with?
- Tell me about a situation where you had to get a group to cooperate. What did you do?
- What job was the most satisfying/frustrating and why?
- What does your employer owe to you?
Questions to Reveal Past Mistakes
- Tell me about an objective in your last job that you failed to meet.
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- Tell me about a situation where you “blew it.” How did you resolve it or correct it to save face?
Questions to Reveal Creativity/Creative Thinking/Problem Solving
- What was the wildest idea you had in the past year? What did you do about it?
- Describe a situation where you had a difficult management problem. How did you solve it?
- Describe a sales presentation where you had the right product/service, and the customer wanted it, but wouldn’t buy it. What did you do next?
Great Bonus Questions
- What do you think it takes to be successful in a green industry business such as this?
- What do you expect to find in this company that you don’t have now?
- Is there anything you want me to know about you that we have not yet discussed?
These are all good questions; however, the objective is to ask them in such a way where the green industry business owner is eliciting a certain response to an issue that the candidate may experience once they are on the job.
Coming up soon will be more helpful ways to assist you in achieving your career goals.
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