Can you answer these interview questions? Can your ideas?

These interview questions were collected from 14 different employers as their favourites to ask job candidates by freelance writer Jeff Haden for


What if….

You used these questions, modified as needed, to interview idea candidates for your next great idea.  That’s right, pretend your short list of ideas are people.

What do you suppose would happen if you asked each idea the questions that follow?

What kind of responses might you get?

What might you learn to help you decide on the best option for now?

What new thinking might emerge, what new perspectives?

Wondering…Do you think doing this exercise of interviewing your ideas is a waste of time?

Who is your Role Model?
Who is your Role Model? (Photo credit: MARUYAMA Takahiro)

The Questions

If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you in this role, what did we achieve together?

When have you been most satisfied in your life?

If you got hired, loved everything about this job, and are paid the salary you asked for, what kind of offer from another company would you consider?

Who is your role model, and why?

What things do you not like to do?

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

Tell me how…

What’s your superpower, or what’s your spirit animal?

Why have you had x amount of jobs in y years?

We’re constantly making things better, faster, smarter or less expensive. We leverage technology or improve processes. In other words, we strive to do more–with less. Tell me about a recent project or problem that you made better, faster, smarter, more efficient, or less expensive.

Discuss a specific accomplishment you’ve achieved in a previous position that indicates you will thrive in this position.

So, (insert name), what’s your story?

What questions do you have for me?

Tell us about a time when things didn’t go the way you wanted– like a promotion you wanted and didn’t get, or a project that didn’t turn out how you had hoped.

For full text see 14 Revealing Interview Questions by Jeff Haden in in their Managing Process Innovation Tab.


Marci Segal, MS, Creativity and Change Leadership, Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.