Blog Post #1

  1. What inspired your profession of choice?
    1. Provides understanding
      1. By asking this question, the interviewer gains an understanding of the interviewee. It provides background knowledge of why this person is passionate in a specific field. You’re able to connect more in-depth when you understand where a person comes from and knowing situations that have impacted their aspirations.
  2. Do you see yourself here in 10 years?
    1. Figure out if they are happy at this level
      1. This question allows the interviewer to figure out whether or not a person is satisfied with where they are presently. Individuals often encounter many shifts in passions, which then triggers a shift in professions.
  3. What motivates you to work?
    1. Discover if there is something that pushes them to work each day… self-motivation, family, etc.
      1. Some are self-motivated when they go to work. Some people work to make a living. Some are motivated to prove a point to others. And some are motivated by a loved one. They may have to pay for their child(ren)’s school tuition, medical bills, etc. These motivations push individuals to strive each day. By asking this question, you discover what values a person possess.
  4. What is your most memorable experience at your job?
    1. What excites them about their job…
      1. This question usually would have a very passionate response. People enjoy sharing experiences that have left imprints on their lives. Whether or not the experience was negative or positive, it was memorable. It shows what situations attracts their attention.
  5. Would you consider yourself positioned in your career or employed at a job?
    1. Move up the ladder or change completely…
      1. This question, although similar to the second question, can receive a different response. An individual may not be happy with the position they have. However, they may enjoy the field and plan to either be promoted or move up the ladder through other methods. Other methods may include entrepreneurship or obtaining a higher position by changing companies. This question allows you to understand where they feel they may be in their life.
  6. How would you define active listening?
      1. You’re able to understand their perspectives on listening and what they perceive to be active/effective listening.
  7. How has listening enhanced your conflict-handling skills?
      1. This question asks of their knowledge of listening and communication and shows how they apply it to their everyday life.
  8. What is your favorite animal?
    1. Insight of who they see themselves as
      1. When a person chooses their favorite animal, the features are usually relatable to their own mannerism. This will enlighten the interviewer what type of person they may be. Although it is an enlightening question, it is also a fun question that ceases the tension of a professional interview.

One thought on “Blog Post #1

  1. Gianna Raponi September 2, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    These are really good questions some i didn’t even think to ask like the listening questions. I will add “how has listening enhanced your conflict-handling skills?” Overall, your questions seem to be very thoughtful, and all of them will be good questions to keep the conversations going. I also like the fact that you have more than 5 questions, it is better to have too many than not enough.

  2. Claudia Mauldin September 4, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I think you did a great job at describing each question. I like that you included the listening questions like we talked about in class. I understand why you included the animal question but I personally would not have that included in the interview unless there is a point where there is no talking just because it is not as professional as your other questions.

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