Two Questions to Ask if You Want to Hire Someone With Ambition? (VIDEO)

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Here are 2 questions that you can ask in order to identify potential hires who are ambitious.

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Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.

Today I have a question for employers that is designed to identify people who are ambitious. Here are 2 questions you can ask in the course of the interview.

The 1st question comes from Reid Hoffman. It is apparently a question he uses and encouraged to be used at LinkedIn when they were interviewing staff. The question is, "What job do you want to have after this 1?" Interesting question, isn't it?

The assumption the question is that you're not going to stay here forever and the truth is, no one does, right? So let's not kid ourselves. What is this job going to be the steppingstone for? Is the elephant in the room for employers. They know you're not going to stay. They know you're not going to jointly work for the company for 40 years, right? Let's find out how ambitious someone is.

If you are beginner and start talking about becoming the Grand Poobah a C level professional, you can work with the assumption that there going to be there for a long time , but I don't think that I believe it and think your unrealistic. Again, I think it's a great question for identifying ambition.

Here's another one and I think you have to recognize the subtlety in it. I want you to rate these factors: happiness, Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.
Happiness is a throwaway answer because everyone should want happiness.  The answer isn't necessarily in the answers themselves but in the follow-up.

When I would use this question, I would only be curious about happiness if it wasn't their 1st choice.  To me, not putting happiness. 1st was the quirky answer.  From there, money, power, recognition, status, variety and career… You want to ask questions . . . Why is this important to you?  It is in the follow-up that you learn.  There is no right answer to this.

So, for example,  if you are in the business for you want people more money motivated, you might want money is the 2nd choice But you have to ask the follow-up question.  What is a lot of money to you means different things to different people.  I  remember following up with one person with that question and learned that he would buy a used car and fix it up.  His definition of a lot of money and other people's definition of a lot of money were very different. Had I not asked that question I never would have known and would have wound up with what someone with low drive on the financial side. 

So, again, it's not important what the specific answer is until you start collecting data about who works in your organization and who works out well. That is going to take time. With time, you can find that help people with certain qualities work out for you. Again, It is a very simple question where all you have to do is hand them a sheet of paper, s pen and asked them to rate the 7 factors for you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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