GB Ep 39: The Most Important Interview Question You Need to be Asking

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The Most Important Interview Question You Need to be Asking

Hello and welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re going to talk about the number one interview question you need to be asking. This is a question that’s used by Elon Musk and a lot of other big companies. It’s a really effective question that gets your prospective employees talking.

  • The question is “What is the most impressive thing you’ve done in your career to date?” [01:32]
  • This question shows what they think is impressive, how detail-oriented they can be, and lets you know if they’re talking about the right things to be a fit for your company. [01:40]
  • This question alone isn’t enough – the follow-up questions are the ones that will add a lot more context. [02:07]
  • After their answer, you say “tell me more.” This gives them two open-ended questions they’re forced to think about and explain. [02:32]
  • Once you get into the nitty-gritty, some people start to fall apart. [03:00]
  • For example, if you say “tell about your process for accomplishing this,” the detail-oriented people will give you a step-by-step process, and people who are BS-ing won’t know how to answer. [03:08]
  • When people are giving short answers and coming off a little confused, you can eliminate them from the hiring process. [04:13]
  • Another question you can ask is “Why do you think this is impressive?” to see if they’re higher-level thinkers or more mediocre. [04:29]

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