Job Interview Questions that Should Do the Trick- Tips from Dr. Marc Clark of

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Interviews should be dialogues, but the right questions from the hiring party can draw out from the applicant responses that help decide if the position and the candidate appear to be a solid match.
This kind of information from Dr. Clark and others may be found at HospitalityEducators.comA Sampling of Job Interview Questions that Should Do the Trick
These questions include both traditional and behavioral interview questions.The key to good interviewing is the ability to ask the right type of questions in order to draw out from the applicant a response that makes sense and one on which you can make a solid business decision.The decision: whether this applicant will be a right fit for the business.  Consider adding your own questions to this list.

Dr. Marc Clark, CHA, CHRE, CHE, CHO,
President & CEO at

Dr. Marc Clark, a Founding Associate of

  • Dr. Clark is a service/hospitality veteran of more than three decades. Over his career he has conducted over 3,400 domestic (42 states) and international seminars in such locations as Mexico, Canada, Panama, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Switzerland, Spain, Africa, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
  • Dr. Clark is the author of SMART Management and The Manager’s Toolkit: 61 Building Blocks for Success. He is a Senior Advisor for GATE Hospitality University in Katmandu, Nepal.

These 20 questions are a sampling of the kinds of questions that can help you find the right person to full your vacancy.

1. What precise goals have you established for your personal and professional life?

2. How did your high school experience prepare you for the work world?

3. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?

4. Can you describe the ideal work environment?

5. With all the places to work, why did you choose our company for possible employment?

6. What influenced you to choose this career line and industry?

7. Why have you chosen this career path?

8. What particular goals would you like to achieve in the next two years?

9. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward securing them?

10. Tell me about the worst person above you whom you had to deal with?

11. What do you think it takes to be flourishing in any career?

12. What makes you the preeminent candidate to fill the position that is available?

13. How do you determine or appraise success? Give an example of one of your successful accomplishments?

14. Give an example of an undertaking that you were responsible for … and failed at.

15. Do you have the qualifications and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career? What are they?

16. What personal work attribute do you feel you can develop on?

17. What has been your most rewarding triumph?

18. If you could, how would you plan your college career differently?

19. Are you more eager by working alone or by collaborating with other persons?

20. How would you describe yourself in terms of your ability to work as a member of a team?


Feel free to share an idea for a column at anytime or contact me regarding consulting, customized workshops, speaking engagements … And remember – we all need a regular dose of common sense.

John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events.  He is Co-Founder of a consortium ( of successful corporate and academic professionals delivering focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today. is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. Individuals wishing to contribute materials may send them Special  pricing is in effect for a limited time that also includes a complimentary copy of LESSONS FROM THE FIELD- A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO EFFECTIVE HOTEL SALES.

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