College Questions – the Answer to Updating Employment Interview Questions?

In one of my previous posts, Stupid Questions?!, I commented on a LinkedIn post that rather harshly maligned certain standard interview questions, labeling them “Stupid.”  There were many comments back and forth about the questions and the article.  However, the very best

comes from something I saw posted today in The Daily Good. The article, “Six College Essay Questions That Employers Should Steal” suggests that employers would be well-served to follow the example of college recruiters and ask probing essay questions. I find that I agree. While standard interview questions can be very useful when employed strategically by the interviewer and when answered strategically by the candidate, they aren’t the only way to determine whether a candidate will fit in and be an asset. And indeed, they have become commonplace and therefore run the risk of boring the interviewer. So why not change gears?  I applaud the suggestion and give you the suggested six questions below (although there could easily be many similar questions that would prove equally useful):

  1. Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name—any name: first, middle, last, nickname—and its origin.

  2. Why do you do what you do?

  3. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

  4. To tweet or not to tweet?

  5. What outrages you? Why?

  6. How do you celebrate your nerdy side?

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