Here's the tough interview question one CEO always asks job candidates
Sometimes the interviewer wants to hear about you failures and screw-ups - the times you didn't achieve a desired outcome.In a recent interview, Adam Bryant of New York Times asked Stephen J. Immelt, CEO of international law firm Hogan Lovells: "How do you hire? What questions do you ask?"
He told Bryant he is "much more interested in listening to their narrative for how they dealt with failure rather than some kind of triumphalism."Immelt also asks this question because he wants to get a sense of how self-aware a candidate is, and is always interested in hiring people who share his "passion for learning and for changing."
He explained that part of being a leader involves a willingness to step up and do things that may be difficult. "You don't always do that perfectly," he told the Times. "It's precisely because they're hard that they require some willingness to learn and get better."Click here to read the full New York Times interview.
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