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Ask The Right Questions, Hire The Best People By Ron Fry

Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People

Ask The Right Questions, Hire The Best People By Ron Fry

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In this completely updated new edition, the best-selling author of 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions and 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview takes you step-by-step through the hiring process. Whether you re replacing an employee who s leaving or creating a new position in your organization, Ron Fry shows you how to write a concise and accurate job description, identify key competencies, and how to translate them into a realistic set of search criteria.

Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People also shows you:

  • How to attract the best applicants.
  • What to look for when you re screening resumes, in your office or online.
  • What questions you should ask in the interview...and when to ask them.
  • How to listen more effectively to what the applicant is really telling you.
  • How to probe for information the applicant doesn t want to reveal.
  • What questions the law permits and forbids.

    Whether you re an interviewing novice or a seasoned pro, you ll find all the answers you need in Ask the Right Questions, Hire the Best People!

  • Product Details
    • Amazon Sales Rank: #244552 in Books
    • Published on: 2010-02-20
    • Original language: English
    • Number of items: 1
    • Dimensions: .47" h x 5.26" w x 8.30" l, .53 pounds
    • Binding: Paperback
    • 224 pages
    Editorial Reviews

    About the Author
    Ron Fry
    has written more than 40 books, including the best-selling 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions and 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview. He is a frequent speaker and seminar leader on a variety of job-search and hiring topics.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
    4A Good Read!
    By Rolf Dobelli
    This book is exactly what it says it is: A list of questions designed to make your interviews with prospective job candidates more effective in weeding out the pretenders and uncovering that dream hire. There's not a lot of strategic content here, but this book is rich in tactical detail. For example, most of author Ron Fry's theoretical advice amounts to two points: probe for specifics and keep the applicant talking. The repetition of this self-evident advice is the book's biggest flaw. But in the end, such shortcomings are irrelevant, because the book's real value is in its list of interview questions, with accompanying comments on what answers you should be looking for. It seems impossible that you could read this book and not stumble over one question that makes you smile and tuck it away to spring later on some unsuspecting interviewee. We at recommend this book to human resource professionals or any manager charged with hiring. If nothing else, it will add an arrow or two to your quiver.

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
    4Basic HR, good for non-HR interviewers
    By Roger E. Herman
    Interviewing job candidates is not as easy as it looks. And in today's world, with legal constraints and applicants driving interviews, the process is certainly different than in the past. This book offers some good practical tactical advice for interviewers, presenting the information in a way that's easy to grasp. This ease of understanding is vitally important for department heads and other people who now participate in sequential or shared interview experiences. If you don't interview applicants every day, you just don't know this information.

    Fry has written other books on this topic---from the applicant's perspective. He's the author of the strong-selling "101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions." It's interesting to watch him play both sides of the table like this whole hiring process is like a grand game of chess.

    But, hiring people is not a game. It's serious business. To hire the right people, you have to ask the right questions. It's important to understand what the answers are telling you and how your questions and the applicant's answers guide your hiring decisions.

    The Table of Contents is sparse. It really doesn't help the reader determine where to find things in the book. Fortunately, there is a somewhat helpful index that can assist, but that's going backward. The book begins with some preliminary information about job advertising and resume screening. Chapter 2 explores interview styles including telephone interviews, team interviews, behavioral interviews, and stress interviews. Next, the reader is instructed about what to look for in the interview, then comes the interview process itself. Various categories of questions are presented, with suggestions of good answers (represented by the green light graphic) and not-so-good answers (represented by the red light graphic). This pattern begins on page 72 and continues through the balance of the book. I felt a sense of too much of a pattern, like an assembly line process, in the presentation of the information, though there is value in the advice that is shared.

    Chapter 11, Staying Out of the Legal Cauldron, may be one of the most valuable chapters of the book. It contains several pages of questions that interviewers are NOT allowed to ask by law. In those organizations (most?) that have supervisors and potential co-workers interview applicants, this information is vital to impart.

    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
    4Simple but thorough guide
    By A Customer
    Hiring new employees is a painful process especially if you have to fire them afterwards. Bad hiring will result in deterioration of business performance. The author with his nice and simplisitic approach divides the book into eleven chapters that covers in a successive way starting from the basics of advertising to defining the job to asking the proper questions. It emphasizes principles of asking questions and interpretting them. Mr Fry did his best to provide examples and simplify interviewing techniques in easy to use format. Actually, I read it twice because it takes time to digest all the information and decide which sequence of questions to use. I like it and I do recommend it. If you are busy person and need quick reference book, this is the book you need.


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