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30 great interview questions to identify candidates’ soft skills

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job interviewOne of the best ways to tell if applicants have the skills to perform specific tasks is to directly ask how they’ve used those skills in the past. These sample questions can help hiring managers spot 10 important “soft” skills:


   1. Tell me about a time you did more than was required in your job.

   2. Describe a situation where you found you had a serious problem. What did you do to solve it?

   3. How did your last big idea work out?


   4. What was the toughest decision you made recently?

   5. Describe a work-related problem you had to face recently. What procedures did you use to deal with it?


   6. Describe when you had to pitch a proposal. How did you do? Why do you think it went that way?

   7. Have you ever given instructions that someone didn’t follow? Why did that happen?


   8. Should some rules be obeyed more than others?

   9. Did you ever have to deal with a co...(register to read more)

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Searching Talent August 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Of course hard skills need to be assessed but I have found in 25 years of hiring that these type of questions – behavioral based questions – are the best way to predict future behavior. I want to only know what skills a person has but HOW they work, WHY they make the decisions they do, HOW they work with others, etc.


MOORTHY April 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

we cannot assess the complete skill of anyone by asking this kind of tricky questions. There are other methods and strategies that are left unexplored but strictly followed in foreign counties. Real skill assessment does the perfect evaluation of the person from head to toe.


Hin Toil Fat December 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Don’t ask too many of these at once or they won’t want to work for you. A lot of people are trying to escape jobs that are soul crushing and inflexible with coworkers that are uncooperative. I’ve been to interviews where I was certain they were looking for a passive floor mat type of person that will stick around no matter how poorly they’re treated.


Kira Talent April 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I completely agree with your opinion. Thanks for sharing these great tips. Here is another excellent blog post on softskills bit.ly/10P5yRF, I hope you will like it. Looking forward to reading more from you.

David Singh


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