Words that win: 4 nontraditional job interview questions

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Filling a job opening can be tricky if there are several great candidates. You can separate the best from the rest by changing up the usual interview questions.

Nontraditional job interview questions elicit answers that will help you assess candidates on a different level. Next time you’re hiring, try these four interview questions:

1. “Tell me about a time you were treated unfairly at work. How was it resolved?”

This question nudges most candidates outside of their comfort levels. However, true team players who work well with others should be able to explain how being treated “unfairly” actually provided an opportunity to take responsibility and end up with a positive outcome. Candidates who take a victim stance are not what you are looking for.

2. “What’s the most adventurous or risky thing you’ve ever done?”

While this may seem like a loaded question, it’s actually a good way to identify candidates who enjoy getting the...(register to read more)

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