You know the drill, and most of us have been on both sides of the desk. The standard job interview questions are designed to .. well, what exactly? Some are specific to the role, but others are a poor attempt to find out who this person, in whom the company is about to invest considerable time and money, really is.
Deepak Chopra has a few additional questions to add to the hiring docket. He suggests asking questions that can help to form the candidate’s “soul profile”.
Here they are:
1. What makes you joyful? Can you recall the most joyous moments of your life?
2. What is your life purpose?
3. In what way do you want to contribute to the business or organization?
4. What are your unique talents and skills and who would benefit from them?
5. Who are your heroes/heroines/mentors in history, mythology, religion or contemporary times?
6. What are the qualities you look for in a good friendship?
7. What are the best attributes that you have that contribute to a meaningful relationship?
The answers need not be long; a few words will do, and in fact brevity might give a more accurate snapshot of the person’s inner self.
So what is Chopra getting at here? He believes the responses can give the potential employer context to the person they see in front of them. If an interview is “an act”, then these answers pull away the veil and expose the person’s true character and archetype.
While technical knowledge is easy to determine and utilize, values, qualities of character, vision, purpose, camaraderie, and joy are the qualities that reveal the true person, and these cannot be outsourced.
And remember, there is no right or wrong here. Businesses have archetypes too, and reflect core values. Successful businesses are made up of dynamic teams, so it is a worthy exercise to see if the person fits the organization in every way.