Better questions

Are you good?

and

Can you tell me of a time you have been good?

are clearly two very different questions.

The first one is instinctive, of course I am good. The second one activates the slow part of the brain, the reflective part, and is way more difficult to lie to.

Behavioral questions like the second one can go a long way when you are trying to figure out something in a context that easily hides facts (perhaps for totally legitimate reasons). Getting used to asking better questions is a sure way to avoid disappointment later on. And to get better answers.

Tell me about the last time you have acted as a team player.

What is an example of a thing that makes this a great place to work?

Can you tell me of the last time you used our product, what have you done with it?

How often do people in your team get promoted?

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