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High-Impact Interview Questions: 701 Behavior-Based Questions to Find the Right Person for Every Job Paperback – September 26, 2005
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If the interactions between job seekers and job interviewers can resemble a cat-and-mouse game, with each group trying to outwit and to stay one step ahead of the other, High-Impact Interview Questions serves as recruiters' foil to the books popular with candidates, such as How Would You Move Mt. Fuji? and Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions . It opens by describing three different kinds of questions which dominate most modern job interviews: conventional questions ("What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?"), situational questions ("How would you handle a crisis in which your boss asked you to do something that you considered unethical?"), and brainteaser questions ("Why are manhole covers round?"), and analyzes the shortcomings of each approach. These techniques for sorting good job candidates from bad are fundamentally flawed, according to Hoevemeyer, because they are far too predictable and artificial, and don't illuminate the qualities that actually make a difference to new employees' success.
Instead, Hoevemeyer advances a philosophy which she terms "Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing" (CBBI). Her basic premise is that past performance is the best predictor of future performance, and that the more recent a particular behavior, the stronger of a predictor it will be. If you accept those assumptions, then much of what follows in the book's explanations of CBBI are highly logical.
The most valuable part of High-Impact Interview Questions is its extensive catalog of sample interview questions, grouped according to the underlying quality which they're meant to uncover. After introducing CBBI and showing how it ties specific and precise interview questions back to the functional competencies job seekers will need in a particular position, the book provides a very handy guide to sample questions which any interviewer can use. Interested in a candidate's decision-making ability? Try "Describe a time you had to make a quick decision with incomplete information?" How about attention to detail? For that, the book prescribes queries like, "Tell me about a time when you caught an error that others had missed."
Esoteric philosophical tome, this isn't. But for those job interviewers who believe in competency-based questions and want an efficient guide to learning about interviewees' true potential, this book is a worthwhile read. --Peter Han
“... a good book to look over when preparing for interviews or to stimulate your thinking.”
-Career Opportunities News
"An excellent resource." --Los Angeles Times, nationally syndicated columnist Mark Goulston
More About the Author
She has provided organizational development interventions and learning and development programs for service, transportation, retail, healthcare, education, building materials, non-profit, and light and heavy manufacturing organizations in California, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois.
Her organizational development experience includes team building, on-boarding processes, competency modeling, performance management systems, succession planning, management assimilation, change management, process mapping and improvement, department and organization design and restructuring, employee engagement surveys, organizational communication, leadership coaching, culture assessment and enhancement, talent management and succession planning, focus groups, leadership and board facilitation, and employee development plans.
She also established the learning and development function in four organizations and has extensive experience in the design, development, and facilitation of employee, management, and executive development programs.
Vicki has published a variety of articles. Her most recent, "A Case for Reassessing the Job Interview Questions We Ask," can be found in The CEO Refresher. She is the author of High-Impact Interview Questions: 701 Behavior-Based Questions to Find the Right Person for Every Job (AMACOM, 2005) and co-author of First-Job Survival Guide: How to Thrive and Advance in Your New Career (JIST, 2005).
Top Customer Reviews
It's great for converting to behavioral based interviewing, enhancing your current behavioral interview process, or even simply testing behavioral interviewing out by converting some of your current interview questions to behavioral questions.
There is no doubt in my mind that if interviewers use the information and tools in this book that they will absolutely find the right person for every job!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic quick read with questions to ask of job candidates, eliciting answers that will give the interviewer an insight in the way the job seeker may behave in certain... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher J. Deaton
Good read gives a good insight of questions that could be asked on a interview I would recommend this book for anyone going on a interview..Published 11 months ago by B
This is a must read if you are in a hiring position. Great advice and a thorough explanation of behavioral interviewing techniques.Published 17 months ago by Brent
I am tasked with creating a hiring manager behavior interview guide. This book is very helpful as we attempt to align job competencies with the ideal behavioral questions for... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cathy Taylor
Recently started re working interview process and questions; very helpful in finding questions that will illicit responses that require more than one word answersPublished 22 months ago by Gilbert Loera
This is recommended to prep you for your interview. They are very high impact questions and answers, I would recommend for interview prepping.Published on May 12, 2013 by Auntbea
I used it for all of my interviews and I used it in my interviews as a starting point and I think it helped. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by M Eilman