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11 Questions You Should Ask Every Job Candidate at Your Health Club

Understanding strategic thinking and developing a solid strategic plan is core to business success; however, your hiring, training, performance management and reward systems, and your organizational objectives must also align to achieve your goals. 

And executing that alignment often trips club owners up. 

“Most people start with the task at hand, versus going mentally to the final desired outcome and working backwards,” says Bill McBride, president and CEO of Active Wellness and BMC3. When you begin with the end in mind, “you are essentially beginning with your strategy goal and then you can create the steps and roadmap to get there.” 

McBride will teach IHRSA Institute attendees how to enhance their strategic focus and develop high performing teams that deliver desired outcomes and profitability in his Wednesday, August 3 session, “Strategic Planning for Club Executives.” 

During the session, McBride will go in depth on how following hiring best practices will help club owners and operators achieve their strategic goals.   

Here are 11 questions that McBride suggests asking every job candidate before hiring them:  

  1. What was your first job? 
  2. What did you love about it? 
  3. What did you hate about it? 
  4. Can you tell me about that experience?
  5. Are you lucky/fortunate?
  6. If you were to have a professional business coach, what would you chose to be coached in?
  7. What are you most proud?
  8. What was your hardest work situation involving conflict with another person?
  9. Why should we hire you?
  10. What concerns you about the job?
  11. What do you like about our company?  

 “In the session, attendees will learn more about each one and how they fit into their strategic plan,” McBride says. “We will also look at how knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits form our ways of thinking and approach to result outcomes. There will be much more on strategic thinking modeling, hiring best practices, and performance management to achieve strategic goals.” 

Learn more about the IHRSA Institute, August 2-5 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Reader Comments (4)

Love your questions. A few more "must" questions.

1) If your are selected, do you plan to stay with us for at least one year? What would be the determining factors?

2) Recall a prominent time you "lost your cool" in the workplace. What was the cause and eventual outcome?
June 13, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpaul norris
Excellent adds Paul. Thank you!
June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill McBride
good articel, thanks before it..
June 26, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersusi
Thank you Susi!
June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill McBride

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