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9:55am EDT July 22, 2002

Every interviewer asks tough questions. But Chuck Schiffhauer at Sprint PCS has made difficult an art form. Here are 10 questions he uses to cull the cream from the top of the candidate barrel:

  • n Tell me about the most memorable time when you weren’t pleased with your own performance. What did you do about it?

  • In your current position, how do you define doing a good job? Are you doing a good job? How do you know?

  • Tell me about a time when your job demanded extensive effort. How did you handle that demand?

  • What job activities do you find require the most energy? What did you do to maintain your energy level?

  • Tell me about a time when you were competing with another person and lost. What was the situation? How did you respond?

  • What have you done differently from your peers in your organization? Why have you done things differently?

  • Have you made any recommendations to your manager recently? Give me an example. What happened to the idea?

  • Describe a situation in which you had to adjust quickly to a change in organizational, departmental or team priorities and how that change affected you.

  • Discuss a time when you had to meet a deadline while your work was being constantly interrupted. What made this difficult?

  • Tell me about a time when your work contained a lot of challenging situations. How satisfied were you with that and why?