Question of the Month: If you could ask a job candidate only one question during an interview, what would you ask?

If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why? How many cows are in Canada? What songs best describe your work ethic? How do you make a tuna sandwich?

These are all questions that have been asked of job candidates during actual interviews at some of the largest companies in North America. And while they are designed to get some unique insight into how the candidate thinks, they aren’t necessarily the most important questions that should be asked.

So we want to know, if you could ask a job candidate only one question during an interview, what would you ask? Let us know by voting in our poll.

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4 Responses to Question of the Month: If you could ask a job candidate only one question during an interview, what would you ask?

  1. Linda S Brewer May 21, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    What one core principle wouild you die in lieu of betraying yourself?

  2. Terri Tonelli May 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Name as many things as you can that you can do with a pencil in 30 seconds.

    How do you make a Hot Dog?

    • Lila Holman June 4, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Terri: I can imagine some really interesting responses to your pencil question. What kinds of things do you find this question reveals about a candidate? What are some of the most productive responses you’ve heard?

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