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Susan M. Heathfield

What to Look for in Applicant Answers to Interview Questions

By October 1, 2013

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Looking for tips about how to interpret your applicant's answers to your interview questions?

Motivation ranks high as a desirable characteristic or attribute in the employees you hire. But, how do you spot true motivation during a job interview?

Especially, what is an employer listening for as candidates answer their motivation job interview questions. What should the employer listen to hear in the candidate's responses?

The job interview questions you ask, and the interview question answers your candidate supplies, are crucial to your assessment of the candidate's knowledge, experience, and potential cultural fit within your organization.

I started this series by developing recommendations about the manager interview answers you want to look for and hear when interviewing prospective managers.

Today, I focus on interview question answers that your candidates might give that will help you identify the candidate's work motivation. I also expanded the list of interview questions you can use to inquire about motivation.

More than most attributes and characteristics that you seek in a potential employee, you can assess motivation by observing both the candidate's verbal and nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication speaks powerfully to your candidate's motivation.

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