Who has been your best boss and what made them such a great boss? What was the best place you worked and why? - these two help me figure out if they'll fit in culturally as well as with our Department Manager.
"what would you change about your current (or most recent) position?" You get some surprising answers... sometimes it leads to insight into why someone really left or is leaving a role.
Force rate your last 4 Employers 1-4.
Thanks for all your replies. It seems that questions about former bosses and jobs are popular questions.
Do any of you use behavioral questions or questions particular to technical abilities? I like the idea of making your candidates try to see themselves through the eyes of others. A heightened sense of self-awareness is required.
Bob, it has nothing to do with a heightened sense of self awareness. in my opinion that is psycho babble. What it does is give them the opportunity to really talk about what they did, how they did it and be able to talk about any problems they had so when they interview with a hiring manager they can present their qualifications and articulate clearly without sounding like they have been coached or are spewing out a bunch of behavorial answers.
An interview is a business meeting between two business people who need to talk about business to see if they can put together a business partnership that will be beneficial to both of them. It also encourages them to talk in terms of the people they worked with instead of using that clap trap junk about working with a team or being a puke...team player. You don't say you are one you articulate what you did with others and how you did it and it speaks for it'self in their own words.