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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?
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.
The key to building a great team is culture. This lesson came from my days as a product manager at Google, where I learned that a great team is based on a meritocracy of ideas backed up by data.
When have you ever failed to live up to expectations, and what did you do about it?
How Lucky Do You Think You Are? This is a great job interview question for two reasons. One, it helps you determine the candidates outlook on life. Is he/she a positive or a negative person? In general, companies tend to look for humble employees, who are grateful for what they landed in life, but understand that luck isnt always enough you also need to work hard to accomplish your goals. An honest answer could give recruiters an idea about how the candidate evaluates his path and what they think their biggest accomplishments are.
The positive performance increase added by more productive hires hiring people is expensive and time-consuming, so replacing an employee with a new one who performs at only an average level really adds no significant business value. Recruiting can help the business, however, if it hires employees who end up producing more than the average worker (as a result of superior skills, experience etc.).