Questions to ask in annual interviews with your staff

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Questions to ask in annual interviews with your staff

  • What is the most meaningful thing you have experienced in this last 6-12 months?
  • Where do you really want to grow personally this year – and how can I help you grow in these areas?
  • What are you planning to do this year that you have not done before?  And what, if any, anxiety do you feel about it?
  • What are your dreams for the next five years?
  • What do you consider your three greatest strengths, and how can I help maximise them?
  • What is the single area in your life that you would most like me to encourage you in this coming year?
  • In what aspect of your work do you find the most personal fulfillment – and why?
  • What areas of your work cause you the most personal stress and frustration – and why?
  • What tools, equipment, facilities, or personnel could help you most in maximising your potential on the job?


  • In what area would you like to grow more this year?  Is this an area that you feel you could help in, or suggest someone who could?
  • What do I do that de-motivates you?
  • What do I do that motivates you?
  • Is there any unresolved problem that you have been hoping to speak to me about, but haven’t known how to approach the subject?


  • What courses would you like to take – what books would you like to read – what experiences would you like to have to help you grow this year?
  • What is the most helpful thing for me to know about you, to truly understand “the real you”?
  • What do you feel is holding you back in any aspect of your life – and how can I help you overcome it?
  • Is there anything heavy on your shoulders (outside of work) that you would like to talk to me about, as a friend?

Taken from Bob Biehl: Increasing Your Leadership Confidence


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