Whenever I listen to business leaders or other thought leaders speak on the topic of talent, I like to unpack their insights. On an episode of the Tim Ferris podcast, Peter Thiel revealed one of his “go to” interview questions.
While I’m not a big fan of using “go to” or favorite interview questions, I think it’s interesting to study them. People ask them for a reason. Typically it’s because the questions elicit a response that the asker cares deeply about.
I had a great conversation this week with a recruiting leader about good interview questions to ask and how making simple changes can result in getting more useful responses from a candidate.
While it may seem trivial to obsess over word choice, I happen to think that every word you select when crafting an interview question should have a reason behind it. That reason can often be the difference between gathering the information you need to make a great hiring decision OR getting a false positive response from a below average candidate.
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Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Ever hear that saying?
I hear it all the time. And it’s true. Basically what it means is that no matter how brilliant your strategic “plan on a page” is, it won’t happen if the company culture doesn’t support it.
While I’m not a fan of using the word “fit”, it’s a term that most people understand as meaning — someone who fits the culture. The problem that I have with that mindset is that when you over-index on “fit” you become blind to building a diverse workforce. That’s how an “old boys network” gets built.
To combat this, I recommend assessing for cultural fit AFTER you’ve identified what your culture really is and what types of behaviors you’ll allow inside your company. Continue reading
In the last several years it’s become clear to me that companies need to start rethinking their interview process and the questions that they ask.
While some companies have begun to design modern assessments, most are simply reusing the same questions that have been asked for the last 100 years.
To be truly effective at interviewing, you need to spend time constructing questions that have the ability to uncover the skills or motivations necessary to be successful at your company.
So why do we, as interviewers, continue to fall back to the line of questioning that began at the dawn of the industrial revolution?
The best interview questions to ask a candidate will vary depending on the job you’re recruiting for. That said, in this article, we are offering you a full “money back guarantee” list of questions below that will help you select top talent no matter what industry you’re in.
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I was recently in New York City walking through the Meatpacking District on a Sunday morning and encountered a perfect example of how important it is to hire people who are passionate about their work. Continue reading