I'm interested in hearing how others "dig" into reasons why certain people are unemployed for months at a time. I had a conversation the other day with a candidate whose resume had a last work date of November 2007. I asked why she hadn't been working since then and she said "I have been searching for the right position". That's not an acceptable answer to me, since there are plenty of jobs out there - in or out of your field - if you're hungry. So I asked how she got her bills paid. Ok, probably not the most PC way to ask the question, and in hindsight I have regrets but at the same time, how motivated is someone like that? Obviously she's not the one for me, but it still baffled me.
How do others pose the right question to get at more information surrounding this topic?
For the record, I offended her and she hung up on me. I laughed and called the next person on my list.