“The Voice of the Workplace” Pulse from Waggl Reveals that 85% Believe an Insightful Interview Question Is More Important than a Resume

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Ranks the top 10 interview questions from hundreds of business and HR leaders

Waggl's "The Voice of the Workplace" pulse survey reveals interesting data about interview questions

"Business and HR leaders are more interested in questions that discern leadership potential, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback," said Michael Papay, CEO, Waggl.

Waggl, a real-time listening platform that surfaces and distills insights from groups of people, today released new data about the importance of insightful interview questions.

In Waggl’s newest pulse survey, “The Voice of the Workplace,” conducted with hundreds of business and HR leaders in May-July 2016, eighty-five percent of the participants responded that they believe an insightful interview question is more important than a resume for sourcing talent and cultural fit. Responses were fairly consistent across geography, organization size, and job title/role.

Waggl also asked participants, “What’s your most insightful interview question and why?”, and distilled their crowdsourced responses into a ranked list. Here are the top ten interview questions from that list:
1.    72.6% voted for “Tell me about the 3 most pivotal leadership experiences in your career. What did you learn? How do you apply that today?”
2.    65.8% voted for “How do you approach someone who is not cooperative?”
3.    63.8% voted for “Tell me about the opportunity/event/etc. that made you grow the most as a leader.”
4.    63.7% voted for “What is your personal professional brand? How would your current or former co-workers describe you, and what is a piece of constructive feedback you receive consistently? What have you done to improve on that?”
5.    62.5% voted for “Tell me about a time when you overcame internal resistance and successfully accomplished an important business objective.”
6.    62.1% voted for “Who is your hero and why?”
7.    61.4% voted for “What excites you about this job?”
8.    61.1% voted for “Tell me about a time when you received negative feedback from a customer or stakeholder. How did you address this feedback and what was the final outcome?”
9.    60.2% voted for “Describe a workplace challenge/issue/problem and how you overcame it.”
10.    59.9% voted for “I would ask a real world problem question that I’m currently facing in the area of candidates expertise, and ask them how they would solve it.”

“This is a great example of how pulse surveys can be used to not only measure consensus on important issues, but also to quickly and efficiently source great ideas that benefit all participants,” said Michael Papay, CEO, Waggl. “The open-ended question surfaced some excellent interview questions that I’m looking forward to using in our own hiring processes. It’s also important for job seekers to note that this set of business and HR leaders are more interested in questions that discern leadership potential, interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback than on traditional interview questions that focus solely on past accomplishments or future goals.”

About Waggl
Waggl is a simple way to surface and distill real-time actionable feedback. Named after the dance that bees do in a hive to transmit important information very quickly, Waggl lives at the intersection of two organizational realities: Companies want an engaged workforce and employees want to know that their opinions count. Waggl goes beyond the traditional survey by offering an extremely easy way to listen to many voices at once within an organization for the purpose of making it better. Waggl’s real-time listening platform creates a transparent, authentic two-way dialogue that gives people a voice, distills insights, and unites organizations through purpose. With a highly seasoned management team and a Board including esteemed executives from Glassdoor, Success Factors, Hirevue, and Coupa, Waggl is an innovative industry leader helping companies of all sizes to succeed by building a listening culture. For more information, please visit: http://www.waggl.com/.

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