I’ve been preparing for several intense meetings within the past couple of weeks, and in the preparation, I came across these questions…they were quite self-reflective. I noticed that most of the questions were based on behavioral or social reactions, but this one stood out among the others. Try it on for size: If you have the choice of giving a transplant to a successful elderly member of the community or a 20-year old drug addict, how would you choose?
That is fantastic question, which addresses both a strong ethical dilemma as well as involve acute critical thinking skills. Either way, the respondent must answer rationally and cognitively on an emotionally charged question. Wow! I’m sure glad I wasn’t in the hot seat!
Here were some of the other not-so-scary questions I encountered:
- Who is your hero and why?
- What were your favorite and least favorite courses in college?
- Of all the people, dead or alive, who would you most like to have dinner with and why?
- What are you passionate about?
- How can you tell if someone is compassionate?
- Describe yourself in three words.
- What makes you laugh? Why?
- Tell me about a significant event in your life and how it shaped you?
- Which of your qualities would you want to pass down to your children?
- What three material objects are most important to you?
- In your experience, what have you done that you consider truly creative?
- Do you consider yourself to be thoughtful, analytical or do you usually make up your mind fast? Give an example. (Watch time taken to respond)
- What sort of leader do your people feel you are? Are you satisfied?
- Would you prefer to provide less effective treatment to more people or more effective medicine to fewer patients?
- Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
- Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year.
- Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to solve a problem.
Why I found it profitable to share this…I don’t know. But hey, you asked and I provided, right?!? So, next time you’re going to an interview, keep some of these questions in your back pocket. You’ll shock the socks off of the interviewer, but be ready for the questions to bounce back to you after you’ve stumped ’em in round three!