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96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, 3rd Edition by Paul Falcone

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Pressure Cooker Interview Questions

Assessing Grace Under Fire

One of the more common methods of measuring candidates’ abilities to land on their feet is to challenge their assumptions and beliefs during the interview. Stressful interview questions can intimidate candidates, squelch spontaneity, and consequently allow for little bonding and few shared insights. Asking a candidate “Why shouldn’t I hire you?” “Why aren’t you making more money at this point in your career?” and “Why, with this résumé, would you see yourself as remotely qualified for this job?” only makes the person defensive and more inclined not to give you real answers. Besides, the candidate reasons, if the interview seems like such a challenging obstacle, then imagine what ...

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