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.