Hello #hustlers,

Earlier today I shared in a live video (https://www.facebook.com/groups/869763106494650/permalink/871691872968440/) "unusual interview questions you can ask potential hires for your startups"

The idea is to ask questions that gives you an immediate insight into their personalities, character and an opportunity to read in between the lines.

Below is a quick recap:

Question1: What's your spirit animal?

#Reason: Here you're looking for a killer sense of imagination.

Ryan Holmes, the CEO of social media management company Hootsuite , gave Inc. columnist Jeff Haden an example of what he considers to be a great response: His executive assistant told him that her spirit animal was a duck, "because ducks are calm on the surface and hustling like crazy getting things done under the surface."

Holmes said that this was a terrific assessment of the role that an executive assistant performs. The ideal candidate's spirit animal (bear? kitten? unicorn?) will represent the same character traits that the job in question requires. http://www.inc.com/zoe-henry/8-stealth-interview-questions-that-will-reveal-your-true-character.html

Question 2: If you got hired, loved everything about this job, and were paid the salary you asked for, what kind of offer from another company would you consider?

#Reason: To find out how much the candidates are driven by money versus working at a place they love.
"Can the person be bought?


#Question3: What mistakes have you made?

#Reason: If candidates don’t admit to mistakes, they either aren’t being honest or they have stopped learning.


#Question4: Who is the smartest person you know? Why?

#Reason: This is a great way to see what a candidate values and aspires to. By forcing them to think of someone that they know personally, you avoid a stream of people praising Steve Jobs and telling you how much they aspire to be like him.

Instead, you’ll see answers that praise specific traits that a candidate’s friends, family or former colleagues have exhibited.

There are no perfect answers here, but the best should focus on a specific characteristic, candidate’s might praise a friend’s desire for learning or networking ability.


Question5: You have obviously accomplished a lot in your life. If you had to list three factors that have prevented you from being even further along than you are now, what are they?

#Reason: Do your interviewees accept responsibility by blaming their own internal decisions, or do they shift blame to outside conditions?)


Question6: What are your top three values?

#Reason: This question helps you figure out if the candidate’s values match those for the position, department, or team


Question7: How do you spend your free time?

#Reason: To know how well rounded your potential hire is in their personal and professional lives.


I did find quite a lot, but above are the few that caught my fancy.

Are there any other unusual interview questions you've asked, beeb asked or heard of? Please share.

God bless your hustle

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