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Think back to your younger years, when the world was perfect and anything was possible! At this age, the imagination runs wild and we all have very vivid visions of what we want to be when we grow up. Well, in every interview, Stewart Butterfield (Cofounder of Slack), asks grown men and women, who are already grown up, this exact question.
“Sometimes I take candidates up to our rooftop terrace and have breakfast with them during the interview,” Shai says. “Thrown off by the relaxed atmosphere, I like to see how they cope.” Are they easily adaptable? Can they work when things aren’t the norm? Can they still focus when forced into a noisy, bustling environment? “These are vital characteristics for anyone joining the Wix team,” he says. “So it’s important for me to vet them from the start.”
What people dislike in you? This unconventional question can really keep one sweating as one has to reply this with a lot of tact and humor. Without being self-critical or negative one has to make an answer which justifies the fact along with a tint of positivity in it.
If you were hired, what would you accomplish in the first hour you were on the job? This question puts the candidate on the spot and gives you insight into how they prioritize in a limited time frame. Of their personal, social, and career goals, what takes precedence during their first day? What do they feel is most important to set them up for success with the company?
Oddball questions do get a well prepared candidate “off script” and can be a good way to see if they can think on their feet, he says. However, it’s unclear if an odd ball question is superior at getting to the truth than a direct question.”
Ever heard the phrase, Takes one to know one? Candidates that can identify key elements and behaviors (like transparency, rationality, confidence, and the ability to delegate) of a manager who is able to effectively communicate, champion, and lead a team already has the foundation in place to develop those skills and, at the same time, support the team.
What does your best friend do for a living? This is a great question for learning more about how a candidate views the people in their lives, and how invested they are in learning the details about them. Whether a candidates best friend is a rocket scientist or a rock guitarist, asking them this question will provide some insight.
Creative and catchy ads can be a game changer for the hiring companies. They get the more attention than classic job ads and get shared across social media because of the emotions they cause. Looking at these job ads, candidates think that the interview will be interesting and enjoyable. Creative job ads also build your employer brand, making your companies cooler places to work for.