I was reading Interview Questions: Hiring Experts Reveal Their Favorites. Some of them are quite good. But some of them? Not so much.
Here are the ones you should avoid, and why:
- Who do you most admire and why?
- What is your passion?
- If you could do anything, what would be your ideal job?
- Why are you here?
Here’s why you should avoid these questions. I’ll take them in order.
#1, the admiration. Say someone admires someone political from the other party than the one you belong to. It could happen. You might stop listening. Maybe you’re a hardcore Republican, and the candidate says, “Hilary Clinton.” You don’t even hear why. Maybe you’re a Democrat, and the candidate says, “Michael Huckabee.” You don’t hear why.
It doesn’t have to be political. It could be sports. It could be religion. The problem is relevance. Anyone you admire outside of work is irrelevant to work. Do you really want to discriminate for or against a candidate because of something irrelevant to work?
#2, the passion. Maybe the passion is for a sport. Is the passion for something outside of work? How can you tell if they can turn their passion toward your work? Again, this is an irrelevant question.
#3, the ideal job. Why put people on the spot and ask them what their ideal job is? Most people, unless they’ve done the introspection have no idea what their ideal job is. Are you offering it? Are you going to help people create it? This is offering people a glimpse of nirvana and then pulling it away. Bad idea.
#4, the why are you here question. This is a shocker question, designed to delight extroverts and eliminate introverts. Go ahead and use it if that’s what you want. You’ll create an extroverted team of people. You can still get the work done, but it’s irrelevant to the job.
All four of these questions are irrelevant to the job you need done. All four. Put these on your do-not-ask list.
I’ll have the second part of this in More Interview Questions to Consider, Part 2. Some of the questions were okay, and some were quite good.
Here’s the question: Do you want to make your most important decision, your hiring decision, using irrelevant questions?