Behind the scenes of HR: What questions we ask at interviews, and why

Lucie Sáblíková
Sep 9, 2020 · 2 min read

What kind of animal would you be? Where do you see yourself in five years? HR people sometimes ask very strange questions during an interview. Some are unusual in themselves, while others seem completely innocent, yet they often have a deeper meaning. We will tell you how we do it here at Applifting.

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So what should I ask them today?

Cultural harmony

Personality over knowledge

Do they insist they are in the right and are not open to another opinion? Do they conduct the conversation constructively, can they look at the matter at hand from multiple angles and not take everything as a personal attack? These are fragments from which we compose a picture of the applicant’s personality.

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What kind of animal would I be? Ehm…

Active approach

We also use the so-called concept of behavioural questions. These are based on the fact that experience from the applicant’s previous position indicates probable future behaviour. What was your last job? What did you enjoy about it? Which positive work experience can you best recall?

Time management

What is the strangest question or task you have gotten at an interview?

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