We have a different approach when we’re hiring VA-type people.
People who answer for debate must read and dig through our website. They need to do a lot of research to answer these questions.
Conduct two Interviews
Do two interviews; the first should be a friendly interview. Then the second interview should be a little more invested.
You can get away with maybe asking a little bit more aggressive questions. It’s like a good cop/bad cop to test your assumptions.
Questions for interviews
Ask questions that reflect people’s character, open-mindedness, or closed-mindedness.
- One of my favorite interview questions is what do you know about us?
- In one year, life could be however you want it to be, wave a magic wand, and anything in your life could be whatever you want. What will you do?
- What does life look like in a career and personal life?
The wild thing is it shows how many thinkers they are. Are they big thinkers? Do they have a big vision? But then you say, the same question, but five years.
They probably wouldn’t have two different answers if they were big thinkers.
And for some reason, five years is exciting how the mind works. Even though they can have life any way they want, they are still limited. Often people can limit themselves quite a lot because they’ll say, oh, I have a stable job.
It’s always great to find good people with big visions, just some ambition, depending on the role you’re hiring for, but finding some purpose is enormous.
- Ask psychological-type work questions, what do you think the world needs the most?
And I can say a lot about someone when I say;
- What are you looking for?
Trick Questions for DA
The question I hear in an interview is;
- What does a perfect day look like to you? If you could do anything you want, you would be the king of Spain; you have all the money and all the time. What would you be doing?
Now, this is a trick question, and people always answer, “well, I would wake up on my beach, front mansion, and I’d go down to the beach, inhale the air, look at the sea lions and come back, and have an excellent breakfast with my family. Hang out for a few hours, play a little ping pong, hang out at the pool, and have a nice meal”– It always includes steak and lobster for some reason.
And then the whole day is spent vacationing in this five-star sort of mansion.
That’s an instant DQ, and why Silicon valley founders asked that question is to ask indirectly, are you a self-starter-driven, motivated person?
When you ask that question, you’re indirectly asking them about their hard work because you can’t ask somebody, are you a hard worker?
You have to ask this other question;
- What were the last three books that you read?
Most people DQ by not having read any books; they watch TV, and nothing wrong with watching Netflix, but everything in moderation, right?
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