One of the people I saw speak earlier this month at the GKIC Women’s Conference was MaryEllen Tribby. Now I loved many things about her presentation – she is all about tried and true business strategies that so many people seem to forget about these days – and my favorite was what she shared about doing interviews.
Regardless of the type of business someone has, the one thing I hear more often than anything is “How can I find someone proactive?” As entrepreneurs we all want someone who will take initiative and get stuff done (vs. having to always chase them down and follow-up, ugh).
MaryEllen shared an AWESOME question that she asks at the end of each interview that she does… she asks them to do a small project for her as the next step in the interview process and – this is the key – she doesn’t give them a due date.
For example, if she is hiring for a writing position she will say “I would like you to write me a letter convincing me to go see this movie”…
Then she looks to see how long it takes the person to submit that letter – if it takes more than a day or so then it shows that they aren’t proactive. (And subsequently she doesn’t hire them.)
Brilliant yes? So simple and yet so effective… and could be applied to any type of hire. If you want to hire a graphic designer, ask them to do a graphic sample for you. If you want to hire a VA ask them to prepare a broadcast for you, etc…
You better believe I’m going to use this one from now on, you?
What are your favorite interview questions? Could be one you ask or one you’ve been asking – would love to hear your tips/thoughts.