why oddball interview questions don’t work

If you haven’t been on the receiving end of oddball job interview questions yourself, you’ve probably heard about them:

“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

“What would I find in your refrigerator right now?”

“What kind of animal are you most like?”

… and so forth.

If you’re hiring and you’re tempted to use questions like this, I implore you to think again. They’ll rarely elicit useful information, and they’ll alienate good candidates. I talk about why — and what you should ask instead — over at The Fast Track blog by Intuit QuickBase today. You can read it here.

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