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Job interview questions of the world's most successful leaders

Many CEOs pride themselves on having one or two favourite interview questions that invariably tell them everything they need to know about the candidate.

However, whilst these trusty favourites tend to become clichéd or overused, some top executives claim that their number one interview question is both original and insightful. Business Insider has compiled a list of what some of the most successful world leaders like to ask their interviewees, with some surprising results.

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Comments (8)

  • Dukish
    Fri, 1 Jan 2016 3:25pm GMT
    My answer to Oprahs question would be "three parts vodka against two of vermouth with ice, and shaken not stirred"
  • Johann
    Johann@ Keith
    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 2:01am GMT
    Keith, open ended questions of course never precludes a person from reviewing his past experience. What tends to happen, is that when they give a review of new solutions they offer it is always colored with past experience, but insight and wisdom becomes the major colors on the palette they use to paint with.

    It also becomes interesting when they are confronted with the standard question 3 years old ask ad nauseum. Why? Why tends to take them from the new solutions they offer to explain their experiences but instead of being a history lesson, it becomes one showing how that person integrates past experience with future scenarios. It clearly shows how the person learns and builds knowledge.
  • Adrian
    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 1:56pm GMT
    Conclusive proof that CEOs shouldn't be involved in selection processes (especially if they are American!)
  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth@ Johann
    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:25pm GMT

    Research shows that, on the whole, past behaviour predicts future behaviour so that's why smart interview questions ask about the (recent) past.

  • Barbara Grimes
    Barbara Grimes @ person who lives in
    Thu, 10 Dec 2015 8:57pm GMT

    If Oprah's interview question of an applicant's religion haven't caused her to lose discrimination lawsuits, why haven't they?

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