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Thanks to my favorite human resources resource, Dani Rodenbough, I have one question I ask every prospective employee: Tell me about every job you’ve ever had, why you took it, and why you left.

I confess that when Dani first recommended this question, I skipped over it, fearing long answers would be tedious. But one interview made me a believer. Though the candidate’s answers to all other questions suggested otherwise, her A to the job Q laid out a clear pattern showing she positively wasn’t the right fit.

Dani’s favorite interview question reveals a candidate’s previous employers’ and colleagues’ opinion: Did you get a party when you left?

Homework:  Start a list of interview questions you’ll ask every time to help filter candidates by your company’s culture and preferences.

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3 Responses to One Question

  1. Dodie Jacobi July 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    This list of culture filter questions are great to add to your “must ask” list!

  2. Dodie Jacobi April 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I love the question from this article “The Employer’s Creed,” Could you describe a time when you told the truth and it hurt you?

  3. Dodie Jacobi October 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Another must ask Q from Dani’s most recent visit to the Business Edge course we teach together: Are you encumbered by any employment agreement? You don’t want to find out after you hire this person that you’ve helped them violate a contract that might leave you stuck in the middle of an expensive conflict.

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