18 Questions Chief Human Resources and Their Teams Might Be Asked About Talent

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This PDF includes a sample of 18 questions that Chief HR Officers and their teams might be asked about different aspects of talent and where the answers can inform aspects of an organization’s talent narrative.

While there are hundreds of questions that can be asked about talent and the workforce, the PDF includes a few of those questions.

The questions are organized into three categories. There are many other categories that questions can link to, but these are three starter categories that you can build upon: 1) overall strategy, 2) succession planning, and 3) diversity and inclusion.

A few questions include:

  1. Overall strategy.  Do we have a workforce plan that forecasts our talent needs now and in the next few years? What are the challenges to executing our people strategy? What are our most critical talent risks, and what are we doing to mitigate these risks?
  2. Succession planning. What is our track record on succession planning (i.e., how often did the company ultimately choose the successor identified in the plan, and how often did it choose another candidate)? 
  3. Diversity and inclusionHow are we holding executives accountable to support and enable our DEI goals and objectives?

The PDF includes a checkbox next to each question so that you can click and add a checkmark to those questions you want to explore and discuss further. 

Since these 18 questions represent only a subset of possible talent questions and categories, HR leaders and their teams should think through other questions and talent categories that are most relevant to their organization.