I dislike the trite, useless questions that are often asked in interviews — tell me about a time…, what are your strengths and weaknesses, etc. You’re not just hiring for skills and talent, you’re also hiring to ensure the person is a good cultural fit and is on the same page as you. I already have the resume in front of me, so I already know where the person has worked, what skills they have, what education they have, etc. I’m more concerned with what kind of person they are, what kind of core power skills do they have that don’t translate to their resume, how insightful are they, and why they do what they do. Most skills can be taught or learned, but passion and curiosity are not two of them.

Some of the questions I like and have asked before:

  • What are three personal values of yours?
  • What is your favorite quote?
  • Who is one person you admire and why?
  • If you could have anyone’s job in the world — whose would you choose and why?
  • What problem(s) do you want to solve throughout their career?
  • What is your primary professional goal in life? Personal goal?
  • What is one piece of advice you’d give me?
  • What is your proverbial 15-second elevator pitch?