Coming up with good interview questions is an art, particularly when you are interviewing people for executive positions. I have a list of questions that I like to augment from time to time. Some questions are quirky, some are predictable, and some are a little weird. Purposely weird. My general theme is to test how the candidate will react in a startup environment and deal with/treat people (including board members) in that environment. After all, leading a startup takes an organizational behavior skill set. Here is a sampling (in no particular order):
- If given the choice, do you sit in the exit row on an airplane?
- Do you accept phone calls from “restricted” numbers?
- Do you keep your own calendar?
- How fast do you normally drive in a 65mph zone?
- When is the last time you actually created a PowerPoint?
- How many unread messages do you typically have in your inbox at 5pm?
- What is the last book you read?
- What blogs do you read?
- Do you know what DealBook is?
- What do you value more: product launches or business development?
I realize that some of these questions are practically silly, but I honestly think that keeping your own calendar is a signal of possessing important startup survival instincts. Likewise, driving the speed limit is a sign of caution; driving 20 miles over a sign of recklessness; and driving, say, 75mph is aggressive bliss. I could give a similar ditty about each of these questions.
If you like, put your favorite questions in the comments and I will assemble a list and post it up.
Been a crazy week, complete with a 5.5 hour board meeting (that was actually awesome). Often times, board meetings over 3 hours signal some unpleasant issues. This week’s was a nice exception.
Enjoy the weekend.