Hiring Wisdom: What I Would Ask If I Could Only Ask 1 Interview Question

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Aug 12, 2013

If I could ask only one question in an interview, it would be …

Here is the one question I would ask in an interview as well as some, but not all, of its follow up parts: “Tell me about the very first thing you ever did to earn money.

  • How did you get that job?
  • What were the three most important things you learned there?
  • Did you like it?
  • What did you do with the money?
  • What is the one thing you’re most proud of accomplishing there?
  • Tell me about your boss.
  • How long did you last at it?
  • What were your duties when you started?
  • What were your duties when you left?
  • What made you leave?
  • Where did you go next?

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This was originally published in the August 2013 Humetrics Hiring Hints newsletter.