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Interview Questions

Richard (Rick) Harlow, DVM

The following is a submission of interview questions that can be incorporated into an interview for a new employee. These questions can provide you with much insight about a persons goals and history by minimizing yes/no answers.

What questions am I NOT allowed to ask?
You are forbidden by law to ask certain questions during a job interview. The guidelines at the end of the chapter were prepared by the Ohio Court Rights Commission in 1974.
Double check these guidelines with those for your respective state/province.
* These guidelines are only indicative of the types of questions you are not allowed to ask.
** In general, any inquiry which might provide grounds for discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry is forbidden. Recently, restrictions have been set on asking questions about a person's marital status and family.

Interviewer Questions

Name: _______________________ Date: ___________

These are some of the questions that are generally appropriate. Choose as many questions as you feel are appropriate & write answers below.

* Tell me about your most recent job. Why do you want to change?

* What did you like the most and the least about the job?

* How do you feel you contributed to the organization in that position?

* Are you satisfied with the progress you made?

* What do you consider to be your most significant achievements in previous jobs?

* How does your education relate to your work experience?

* Do you intend to pursue further education?

* Why do you want to work in this field? For this company?

* How would you describe an effective manager?

* Do you prefer working in groups or independently?

* What activities in the past have had a major impact on your development and abilities?

* What sort of situations do you find challenging?

* How do you deal with pressure?

* What are your major strengths? Unique characteristics?

* Where do you want to be in five, ten years?

Motivational Test
You have to put what you ARE, not what you WANT to be!! (This might be a fun one to give all your employees and friends too!)
Answers are for who you are now, not who you were in the past. This is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept. at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get a better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees. It's only 10 simple questions, answer on the paper provided writing only your 'LETTER' answers for each of the questions.

1. When do you feel your best?

(a) in the morning
(b) during the afternoon & early evening
(c) late at night

2. You usually walk

(a) fairly fast, with long steps
(b) fairly fast, with short, quick steps
(c) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
(d) less fast, head down
(e) very slowly

3. When talking to people you

(a) stand with your arms folded
(b) have your hands clasped
(c) have one or both your hands on your hips
(d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
(e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair

4. When relaxing, you sit with

(a) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
(b) your legs crossed
(c) your legs stretched out or straight
(d) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with

(a) a big, appreciative laugh
(b) a laugh, but not a loud one
(c) a quiet chuckle
(d) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you..

(a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
(b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
(c) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted. Do you..

(a) welcome the break
(b) feel extremely irritated
(c) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most?

(a) red or orange
(b) black
(c) yellow or light blue
(d) green
(e) dark blue or purple
(f) white
(g) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep, you lie

(a) stretched out on your back
(b) stretched out face down on your stomach
(c) on your side, slightly curled
(d) with your head on one arm
(e) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are

(a) falling
(b) fighting or struggling
(c) searching for something or somebody
(d) flying or floating
(e) you usually have dreamless sleep
(f) your dreams are always pleasant


POINTS: Put the points indicated for each answer next to the question number.

1. (a) 2; (b) 4; (c) 6

2. (a) 6; (b) 4; (c) 7; (d) 2; (e) 1

3. (a) 4; (b) 2; (c) 5; (d) 7; (e) 6

4. (a) 4; (b) 6; (c) 2; (d) 1

5. (a) 6; (b) 4; (c) 3; (d) 5; (e) 2

6. (a) 6; (b) 4; (c) 2

7. (a) 6; (b) 2; (c) 4

8. (a) 6; (b) 7; (c) 5; (d) 4; (e) 3; (f) 2; (g) 1

9. (a) 7; (b) 6; (c) 4; (d) 2; (e) 1

10. (a) 4; (b) 2; (c) 3; (d) 5; (e) 6; (f) 1

Interpretation: Now add up the total number of points.
OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care". You're seen as vain, self-centered, and who is extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.
51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality; a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once; someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate.
41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting; someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest... Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over it if that trust is ever broken.
21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It'd really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.
UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions & who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything. They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well know that you aren't.

Respectfully submitted by VINer Richard (Rick) Harlow, DVM

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