The Most Important Question to Ask During an Interview

I first read the LinkedIn article that Lou Adler authored and then quickly signed up for his webinar earlier this week and man was my mind blown.  Then again, these were all things that are obvious but we all happen to overlook.  So let me get to the meat of the story, the most important question that needs to be asked is:

What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?”

Lou explains in his article, and in the webinar he hosted, that this question doesn’t need to be asked off the bat.  Learn about the candidate and their background and then ask them the question by saying something along the lines of “I see that you’ve done xyz in your career, is there something that you would classify as your biggest project or accomplishment?”  And can I tell you?  I did this and it lead to a fantastic discussion.  This question allows the candidate to really think and elaborate on a specific project that they participated in.  I was pretty blown away.

So go on, ask the question, but don’t blind side the candidate, feel free to even let them know about it ahead of time.

What did you do today?

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