CEO's Favorite Job Interview Question Is Not What You'd Expect

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Someone interviewing for a job has to be ready to field a curveball, and one CEO's favorite question for job candidates is definitely not what you'd expect, having them look at themselves through the eyes of someone who doesn't like them. 

Business Insider reporters the Luis Von Ahn, the CEO and founder of language app company Duolingo, likes to ask people interviewing for jobs: "What would someone who doesn't like you tell us about you?" 

Talking about some of the responses he's gotten, he says: "A bad answer for that is, 'Everybody likes me.' . . . You're either lying or clueless." Also bad is people who blame the hypothetical people who don't like them, saying things like people who don't like them don't understand them. 

So what's a good answer? Ahn explains: "Some people say things like, 'Under stressful situations, I tend to be short.' That happens to a lot of people." The questions is simply an attempt to have job applicants reflect on their flaws, with Ahn saying, "Everyone has downsides." (Business Insider)


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