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Sep 30, 2013

Here is a great question, with a new twist.

I have used this question in the past, but, for some reason, stopped. Recently though, I modified it a bit to make it much stronger.

Original version: “Take me through a typical day.” Two things are wrong with this phrasing:

  • I don’t think in today’s world there is such a thing as “a typical day.
  • When you ask a hypothetical question, all you get is a hypothetical answer.

Here’s the new and improved version: “Take me through your day yesterday from beginning to end.

Notice how much detail the person goes into. When they tell you something like they got to the office at 7:45 a.m., ask: “Is that typical or is that normal?

This becomes a very powerful question when you are interviewing someone who is not working or going to school. It gives you a great picture of how they are using their time and how serious they are about finding work.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

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