What is Knockout Question?

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Knockout question refers to a type of question asked early in the hiring process as part of an assessment process or interview in order to immediately eliminate applicants who are unable or unwilling to perform key job functions/lack required qualifications from consideration for the job.

Knockout question definition

Knockout question refers to a type of question asked early in the hiring process as part of an assessment process or interview in order to immediately eliminate applicants who are unable or unwilling to perform key job functions/lack required qualifications from consideration for the job.

Knockout questions are used to narrow the applicant pool and to keep hiring managers from wasting their time interviewing applicants that are unlikely to be among their top candidates.


Most common knockout question formats

• Short answer questions

• Yes or no questions

• Scale of 1 to 5 questions

• Select all that apply questions

Knockout questions can address concerns ranging from simple logistics to culture fit. They can be performed by an actual person or automated rejection.



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