My Favorite Interview Question..and a Few More

I've mentioned before that almost every Sunday, I read the New York Times. The first article I read is Corner Office - which is why you will often see a tweet from me quoting Adam Bryant's latest article around 10AM. Adam almost always asks "How Do You Hire?" and the response often mentions favorite or frequent questions.

I also have a favorite interview question (courtesy of David Delaney). I always ask it, regardless of the rank or role of the position I'm trying to fill:
What won't you do?
I've heard lots of responses to this question, ranging from "I won't come to your house to clean your bathroom" to "I don't do meeting minutes". Like most interview questions, there isn't a "right answer". I do listen to the actual response, but I also look at things like body language and facial expressions.

Of course, an interview isn't made of one question. Here are some highlights from the list of questions that I've collected from a number of sources (including Corner Office and Bud LaRosa):
  • What do you know about our organization?
  • How would you describe yourself in one word?
  • If you had to pick between a "set-it-and-forget it" environment and a "over-the-shoulder" environment, which would you pick? Follow Up: How would you deal with an environment that is the opposite of the one you picked?
  • Each person at Tocci works with their manager to develop and implement an Individual Development Plan. What skills, qualities, or capabilities do you want to improve as part of your IDP?
Again, none of these questions have "right answers" and most don't stand alone. In the best interviews, they lead to a discussion. Some questions help me understand fit with Tocci, some help me understand self-awareness, and some help me understand attitude. There is no formula, but again, when I use these questions (and of course, more) in the context of BIM Skill & Will, I hire strong team members.

I'm always looking to add to my list of questions. So tell me, what questions do you use to interview VDC positions? Or any positions?

1 comment:

Willard Williams Jr. said...

You have been reduced to the size of a nickel and are put into a blender, what do you do?