Chris O’Neill, the CEO at Evernote, offered this as a great interview tool:
“‘Tell me about your best and worst days at work.’ The answers are very revealing. ‘Best day’ answers demonstrate what makes that person tick, what motivates them. ‘Worst day’ answers tell whether a person is a team player—if their response focuses on what went wrong without taking any ownership, there is a good chance they won’t thrive in a collaborative environment.”
I do like this approach.
Some may say their “best day” was when work was easy and time flew by. Others may say their “best day” was when the work was difficult and challenging, but they were determined to get through it and produce a positive outcome.
Oddly enough, you may get the above responses for “worst day” as well.
“Well, my worst day was when work was so easy, I didn’t have to apply myself beyond showing up and just doing my job.”
“My worst day was when the work was so difficult, I couldn’t find a solution to a pressing issue.”
Whatever the responses are, I agree with Chris over at Evernote. You’re more than likely to gain a good insight into your applicant.
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