1 For Openers: Five TraditionalInterview Questions and TheirInterpretations

LET’S BEGIN BY EXAMINING the most often used interview questions and putting a new spin on their interpretations. These questions have stood the test of time, and we should consequently recognize their value in the candidate assessment process. Their inherent weakness, of course, lies in their overuse. Most of us can remember being asked these very same questions during our own past interviews. And job-finding books and career magazines abound with suggested responses to help candidates “steer clear of the interview questioning snare” vis-à-vis these popular queries waiting to trip them up.

Our exercise in this first topic, however, isn’t to employ questions just because ...

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