What’s the best interview question you’ve ever received? One that made you say to yourself, “Wow. That’s a brilliant question?”
One of the best questions I’ve ever heard is regularly posed posed by Tim Brown, CEO and president of global design firm IDEO. In a New York Times “Corner Office” interview, Brown revealed his favorite interview question posed to job applicants:
“One question I always find helpful is to ask who they’ve done things with. And if they can very quickly give you lots of examples of what other people did, then you’ve got some hint about how collaborative they are.
If, however, the answer is, ‘I did this and I did that and I was responsible for that,’ and you get no sense of who they worked with and how they worked with them, then I worry. Because then I see somebody who probably isn’t very collaborative, probably isn’t very good at promoting the ideas of others and probably isn’t going to bring talent out very effectively.
They may be very inspirational, they may do brilliant work, but they’re probably not going to actually result in a more capable organization, which is what I’m looking for.”
What’s the best interview question you’ve ever been asked?