Favorite Interview Questions Asked by Small Business Owners

Author: Mark Alves Date: May 27, 2011

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We asked NFIB’s Facebook fans this question: “What one question do you always ask candidates when interviewing them for a potential job?” Here’s what they told us:


Small Business Hiring"What made you want to leave your current job? Or, why did you leave your previous job?"

"What did you like least about your last job?
Their answer will tell you if they are just a unhappy person and it doesn't matter where they land they will find unhappiness."

"What's the one most important thing to you?"

"What leadership qualities do you believe in that makes you a good fit with my team?"

"Do you take personal ownership of decisions right or wrong?"

"Are you honest?
Without honesty or integrity one cannot be trusted; a person without integrity lacks everything in character thus they have no true work ethic.)"

"What's your greatest strength?"

"What is your greatest weakness?"
[Read more about this question.]


"What's the meaning of the phrase 'people person' and are you one?"

"What makes the best job for you right now?"

"Why do you think you would be good for this position?"

"What makes you think you can do this job?"

"Can you read a tape measure and do simple math?
Hand out a simple one-sheet math quiz."

"What makes you qualified to work here?"

"Why should I hire you?"

"You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?"
[Possible answers.]


"Why did you apply here?"

"Tell me what you know about my company?
This tells me if they truly want to work on our team or if they have applied with every competitor in town & if they are prepared."

"Do you want my job?
'NO' ok then leave. You have no ambition.

"What motivates you?"

"Are you available to work overtime?"

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
[Read more about this question.]


"Are you willing to be the fall guy?"

And for you Monty Python fans: "Can you cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring?"

Source: See all the suggested interview questions in this NFIB Facebook post on May 11, 2011.

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