Here’s what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jack Dorsey, and 50 other top executives ask job candidates during interviews


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Many of the most successful people have gotten job interviews down to a science — and they’re not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.

In fact, they often have one favorite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate. Some prefer brainteasers to see how candidates think logically, while others look for creative answers to storytelling prompts.

Execs at startups usually want to see that you’re creative, and that you’ll bring a new perspective to the team, which is often why they might ask unique questions during the interview process. For example, CEO of video streaming website Cameo, Steven Galanis, likes to ask job candidates to describe their lives in the form of a river.

Some job interview questions are designed to trick you, while others remain fairly straightforward. Several key CEOs’ favorite question is “Do you have any questions for me?” which proves that the questions you should ask at the end of every job interview are extremely important.

Here are the questions 53 executives like to ask job candidates.

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On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?

One of Zappos’ core values is to “create fun and a little weirdness,” Tony Hsieh, former CEO of the company, told Business Insider.

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To make sure he hires candidates with the right fit, Hsieh typically asks the question: “On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?” He said the number isn’t too important, but it’s more about how people answer the question. If “you’re a one, you probably are a little bit too straight-laced for the Zappos culture,” he said. “If you’re a 10, you might be too psychotic for us.”

Another question Zappos usually asks candidates is: “On a scale of one to 10, how lucky are you in life?” Again, the number doesn’t matter too much, but if you’re a one, you don’t know why bad things happen to you (and probably blame others a lot). And if you’re a 10, you don’t understand why good things always seem to …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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