OK, so I thought of a great question to ask on an interview. Sure, “great” might be a relative term, but in my mind, it’s Great through and through!
If you could only use one utensil for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
There is no right or wrong answer, but I feel that what someone answers, how quickly they answer it and how they justify their answer says a lot about the person.
There’s the hasty decision maker who goes back and forth and questions whether they made the right choice. There’s the sloooow thinker who eventually comes to a decision, but only after thinking things over and over…and over. And then there is the candidate who takes a moment, makes a decision and justifies why they have made that utensil their choice.
Do these people sound familiar? Of course they do…they are your co-workers. See, asking this question might not be a do we or do we not hire this person, but it might give you a strong indication of which group or team they will thrive in.
When I interview candidates I’m not always looking for the yes or no, but the where. Slow thinker is going to be a great manager some day, but will never work out in the fast paced logistics department. Flip flopper is never going to be a manager, but they will probably do awesome in quality where they need to decide whether things get packed and shipped or send to the 2nds bin. For me, the best candidate though is miss middle of the road. She is one to watch. Firm decision, justifies it without being asked why and she looks you straight in the eye when she supports her decision.
Feel free to use this question in your next interview. Hey, turn it around on a manager and see what type of manager they will be. After all, it’s your interview, so go ahead and ask away.
One of our new guys in the office, Bob, wanted me to say be the spork, but the spork is not an option. C’mon Bob… real utensils, not plastic!
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