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Evaluate applicants’ teamwork skills

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Giving details of very specific situations forces applicants to paint an accurate picture of their teamwork skills. Ask them questions like these:

  • “Tell me about the last time you became upset while dealing with co-workers. What tried your patience or caused your anger?”
  • “Have you ever had to stand up for yourself in a confrontation with a peer or a customer?”
  • “Tell me about your most irrational, rude and intimidating coworker at your last position. How did you handle the situation?” 
  • “Would your coworkers say you’re casual and relaxed or intense and focused?”

— Adapted from 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, Paul Falcone, American Management Association, http://www.amanet.org.

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