interview

Icebreaker Games

Northwest Pearls: Thistles To get to know some new people yesterday, we played two icebreaker games.

The first was a Battle of the Sexes game, and the second was Speed-Friending. For Speed-Friending we had to come up with three questions to ask that person and had 45 seconds for both of us to ask the questions. The questions were supposed to be something that would enable you to get to know them as well as possible within those 45 (really 22.5) seconds. And we had to say our name before asking the three questions.

My three questions were:

  • What's a favorite hobby?
  • What's your favorite place?
  • What's a happy memory? (This one was hard for people to come up with on the spot, so I switched it to favorite animal, I know, not as good of a question.)

Other questions people asked me that I really liked were:

  • Top bucket list item?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What's your favorite place?
  • What's a pet peeve of yours?

I really love to ask people what a happy memory, or a favorite memory, of theirs is. It makes them think and brings up something happy and I get to see what makes them happy. In college one of my friends asked me mine and it stuck with me as a good question to ask.

What are some questions you can think of to ask people to get to know them better?

#AskHerMore

I follow Reese Witherspoon on Instagram and on Sunday she posted these two posts: [embed]https://instagram.com/p/zajjHmChY7/?modal=true[/embed]

 

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Which got me thinking, if I were a reporter, what questions would I ask? Here's a few questions I came up with:

  • What character flaw in your character can you most relate to?
  • What is one of your favorite memories from filming?
  • What did you learn, about anything, from filming?
  • Do you think you would get along with your character?
  • If you were to tell your character something, what would it be?
  • What would you like me to ask you? / Is there anything you want to talk about?
  • Who is your inspiration and why?
  • If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
  • What do you hope to achieve one day? Personally or in your career?

I'm not saying to not ask about the dress-designers often loan out the clothing and accessories;  I can appreciate the reasons (mainly publicity) of doing so and having your label out there. Some celebrities even have endorsement deals where they're paid to endorse a brand. But after the first reporter has asked about the dress, makeup and/or jewelry, ask her more.

What questions would you ask if you could?

Interviewing

Recently I've been interviewed for jobs or done mock-interviews. Some of the questions that I've been asked though, I haven't had ready answers for them. Some of the questions, most of them probably, were designed to make you think but it still required you to think fast and on the spot. Below I've listed some of the questions that I hadn't heard before or thought about an answer.

  • Who is your role model and why? (For me, my role models haven’t been business women, but I managed to make their personal and social lives relevant to the interview.)
  • What characteristics do you admire about that role-model?
  • What do you think is important in being successful?
  • What do you think the most important quality in a person is?
  • What kind of business environment/culture do you think you would do best in? (A good question to think about. Also, you should probably have done a little research on the company to see what their culture is like.)
  • What has been your favorite college course and why?
  • What has been the most relevant college course you’ve taken?
  • How has college X affected you?
  • What did you learn from Company X about the way you like to work?
  • What has been the hardest thing about your job at Company X?
  • What has been your favorite part of working at Company X?
  • How would you react to negative social media comments? (Assuming you are going to be managing social media for Company X in the future).
  • What are you willing to argue over?
  • What is your dream job? (A silly one to not know the answer to, but there are so many possible answers.)

Hopefully thinking about some of these will help you in an interview one day. What are some interview questions you've been unprepared for?