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HR professionals often play it ultra-safe in interviewing. For fear of asking unusual, inappropriate or even illegal questions, they stick to bland, scripted queries that don’t draw applicants out of their comfort zone.

That’s a sure path to hiring failure.

Instead, you and your hiring managers can improve your hiring odds dramatically by probing deeper with more targeted, properly worded questions.

To zero in on “must hires” in your applicant pool, try some of these questions suggested by Paul Falcone, author of the best-selling book 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire.

Career-initiative questions

  • “Walk me through your progression with your current employer, leading me up to what you now do daily.”
  • “How have you had to reinvent your job over time in light of your employer’s changing needs?”
  • “Why would this be a good move in progression for you from a career development standpoint?” (i.e., “What are y...(register to read more)

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