This comes from a podcast that’s hosted by Stephen Dubner and. Angela Duckworth. Duckworth is best known for the concept of grit as being a quality that firms need to evaluate for and the show talks about questions. They think that this is a great interview question. The question as it’s languaged on the show is, “Tell me the question I should ask you that’s going to make me want to hire you.”
Now, it’s the reverse question to the classic, “Why should I hire you” question, right, but, it’s framed as though you’re the interviewer so it’s designed to fry your circuits.
On the podcast, they call attention to the time that Duckworth heard this with a firm that she was doing work for and the answer that someone provided was “Will you eat, breathe drink, and sleep your work?”
Dubner and Duckworth weren’t impressed by the question that was offered but the person got hired. I can explain that from the standpoint of what’s the culture in the organization you’re stepping into? If this is one of the workaholic environments, the hard-charging, hard demanding kind of culture, you have to give them a question along those lines.
But, most organizations, unless you’re a startup like this firm instead tend to look at “What do you attribute your success to?” Thus, you’re able to talk about the people that you choose and how you work with them to keep them inspired so that they do great work.
The question, in that case, might be, “How do you choose the people that are going to be the leaders in your organization,” or “how do you find the people that help you be successful in your role?” A question along those lines becomes much more of a revealing question in that kind of culture.
So again, if you’re in a leadership role and you’re being interviewed at a final interview, this is a question you need to start being prepared for because it’s the flip question to “why should we hire you,” and it reveals something about yourself. In the first example from the podcast, it reveals something about the drive and demand of that person, in other cultures, you want a different kind of question.
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