I’ve thought about some ideas on how we can learn (quickly) who is sitting infront of us. Yes, I’ve being doing lots of interviews to candidates and it seems to me that the ‘normal’ technical questions tell nothing. I’m more and more interesting in a try to understand the person and see if there is a real win-win situation.
Over the years, I’ve learn that these 4 questions will give you a good idea about the developer/Product manager/Designer you wish to hire:
1. What are you excel at? (a nice way to touch on the strengths)
2. What is your one weakness you wish to improve? (well – everyone got something that they can improve)
3. Where do you wish to see yourself in the next 3-5 years?
4. What your current co-workers/boss will tell me about you?
As for more general questions that I find useful to ‘tell’ you more about the person:
- What book is your favorite one?
- What activity you like most?
- Name you best: movie, song, band, vacation place.
Last but not least, there is the famous list of Bernard Pivot. It’s great not only on celebrities but on your friend at parties as well, specially, if they had few drinks before. Drinks are useful to help them drop the masks.
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
4. What turns you off?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?