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10 Effective Probing Interview Questions for Employers to Use

10 Effective Probing Interview Questions for Employers to Use


There are a myriad of standard interview questions employers use on a daily basis.  Our recommendation is to use your standard interview questions as a guide and then incorporate others specifically related to the job.  Additionally, we include probing questions that promote insightful and open discussion during the interview process.

It’s important to have open and honest dialogue in order to get more answers to questions and overall candidate potential.

Below are a ten effective probing questions that employers may want to integrate into your existing questions:

  1. What is the single most important accomplishment of your career?

  2. In one sentence, how would you describe your current/last job?

  3. In one sentence, describe your least favorite job?

  4. In one sentence, describe your most favorite job?

  5. If you could change three things from your last job, what would it be?

  6. What hours are you used to working?

  7. Describe to me the way you measure your success?

  8. How would your friends describe you (adjectives, in order of most prevalent)?

  9. How would your last boss describe you (adjectives, first one you think of?)?

  10. Are you deadline driven or prefer a more relaxed atmosphere?


These questions are sure to help you with your fact-finding mission.  Should you have any questions, feel free to send us an email.  We’ll be glad to help.

Ingrid Moore

Ingrid Moore is the President and Owner of Corporate Resources of Illinois, an employment & staffing agency with over 20+years’ experience located in Schaumburg, IL. Ingrid and her team assist employers with finding the right hire for their business. For more info, follow us on our LinkedIn Company Page, or follow us Corporate Resources of Illinois‘s Google+ page.

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