"How would you describe yourself in one word?" "What didn't you get a chance to include on your resume?" "How long are you willing to fail at this job before you succeed?" These are a few of the 10 best job interview questions asked by CEOs for large corporations, according to LinkedIn.
Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the YWCA, asks the first question. She believes that "best candidates are the ones who know exactly who they are." Heron isn't so much concerned with the exact word that applicants use but how the applicant defines herself. Heron believes that taking time to reflect and carefully answer the question indicates a promising candidate.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson tends to asks the second question. While he credits the importance of a resume, he prefers to discover a candidate's passions and all the compelling details about a candidate's life that aren't necessarily appropriate for a corporate resume.
PayPal CoFounder Peter Thield likes to ask, "Tell me something that's true, that almost nobody agrees with you on." Thiel asks this question in order to pinpoint an individual who isn't afraid to speak her mind. The candidate's answer may also indicate the courage to speak up at difficult times.
"What makes you happy about a great working day?" This is a paraphrase of a question that Lew Cirne of New Relic often asks. The question is a clever conversational incentive and interview tactic that gets a candidate to discuss the sources of her enjoyment at work. A complete list of questions is available at LinkedIn.com.