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11 Interview Questions I love

Everyone struggles finding and screening for people who fit both their company culture and the professional profile they are looking for.
11 Interview Questions I love

I try to speak to at least 2-3 new people every week. Be it potential clients, partners, peers, podcast guest, or people I meet online. And I made it a habit to take feverish notes during those conversations. And then those notes often get transformed into articles or lists (gosh, I love lists!).

Hiring for values and work ethics is hard

In those conversations, hiring is one of the most discussed topics. Everyone struggles finding and screening for people who fit both their company culture and the professional profile they are looking for.

The latter is easier, but determining whether someone has a similar value system and work ethic is difficult. So whenever someone tells me a revealing question they ask their candidates, I add it to a list called Awesome Interview Questions (I know...). And I thought I share my favorite 11 of them with you today.

My 11 Favorite Interview Questions

  1. What’s a reason why we should not hire you?
  2. When is it okay to break the rules?
  3. You have 5 minutes. Teach me something new. Anything!
  4. What is the thing that breaks your heart?
  5. What is an article or book you read recently that changed your mind about something?
  6. What would the title of your autobiography be?
  7. What’s something you’re bad at that you really wish you were good at.
  8. Tell me about some people you’ve helped in your career.
  9. Give me a single sentence to tell our CEO about you when I see her later today.
  10. What’s your favorite part of your current (or previous) job?
  11. How does this position relate to what you really want to be doing?

The last one is my personal favorite. 🤓

A lot of these questions are revealing, because they dig deeper into the motivations of the person in front of you.

And by the way — I believe that interviewing is a two-way street. I wish a had a similar list of questions that applicants could ask the interviewer!

If you got other ones that you like to ask, please send them over.