What Do Public Sector HR Professionals Ask in Job Interviews?

by Libby Bevin on February 26, 2020

The public sector is struggling to recruit effectively throughout the entire application and candidate selection process. One area that can easily be improved is the interview. At our CONNECT user conference, we asked hundreds of public sector HR professionals to share their favorite interview questions they use to gain better insights into candidates and determine whether someone is the right fit for the position.

We compiled some of the best ones into a list of 99 Questions to Ask Public Sector Candidates. Here are some of them:

  • What did you do to prepare for this interview?
  • Why do you think integrity is important in a job, especially in the department for which you’re interviewing?
  • What was the best idea you pitched to your boss that was rejected, and what did you learn from it?
  • How does this position align with your long term goals?
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean to you and how do you support it?
  • If you were hosting a dinner party, what would your kitchen look like at serving time?
  • What is the best thing you learned from a mistake that you made?
  • What advice do you have for your previous boss?
  • What would your current supervisor say are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • If you have a problem to solve and no team members or management are there to assist you, what are two ways you would go about solving the problem?
  • What is something you did in your professional experience that you are most proud of and why?
  • What haven’t we asked you that you want us to know?
  • If you could buy one skill you don’t possess, what would it be?

Check out our infographic HERE to get the full list of 99 questions!


Libby Bevin

Libby Bevin is a content writer and editor for NEOGOV. Libby earned a Master of Arts in English Literature and Language from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Stetson University. Contact Libby at lbevin@neogov.net.