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  • Writer's pictureAJ Cheponis

The High Cost of Low-Quality Questions

How You're Ruining Your Own Business - One Interview at a Time

Look, I get it. You're a leader swamped with responsibilities; the last thing you need is to sift through job candidates who don't "fit the bill." But here's the harsh reality: If you're dismissing candidates because they're making you uncomfortable with their questions, then the problem isn't them; it's you. And this isn't some small hiccup; it's a fundamental failure that's choking the life out of your business.

Interview Questions

The Story of Two Perspectives

Imagine for a moment, you're the VP of Engineering. You've just finished a day-long interview with Anand, a candidate referred to you with high hopes. You're irate. Why? Because Anand had the gall to ask insightful questions—questions that exposed gaps in your strategy and made you and your team uneasy. You label him "annoying" and "a bad fit."

Now let's flip the lens. Anand leaves the interview buzzing with excitement. He asked more questions than usual, engaged deeply, and is already envisioning the contributions he could make to your team. He's not just looking for a job; he's looking for a mission, a cause to align with. And he thought he found it with you.

Now, what do you think happens when you dismiss someone like Anand? You're not just losing a potential employee; you're sacrificing the injection of vitality your organization so desperately needs.

The Boneheaded Mistake of Asking the Wrong Questions

I need you to grasp this: If you're asking questions only to confirm that someone has precisely the experience you’re looking for, you’re not just missing the point—you’re actively undermining your own success. Don’t ask, "Have you done x or y or z?" Ask, "How would you approach doing x or y or z?" The former reveals only what's been done; the latter reveals what's possible.

Let me be unequivocal here: In a world where 77% of all jobs require zero creativity, sticking to old interviewing norms is tantamount to strategic malpractice. You're not running a widget factory; you're building the future, and for that, you need explorers, not mindless drones.

The Emotional Toll of an Inflexible Team

You need a team capable of change and adaptation, one that’s not stuck in pre-defined roles. You've heard of project failures, right? Let's face it, those failures are rarely about technology or resources; they're about people. When you're recruiting, ask, "How would you handle a situation where it’s clear there's a gap on your team?" This question is not academic; it’s a life-or-death matter for your strategic projects.

The Emotional Toll of an Inflexible Team

The Soul of Your Company is at Stake

When you dismiss candidates like Anand, what you're really saying is that you prioritize your comfort over your company’s growth. Ask them what drives them, what purpose fuels their passion. Because when you align individual passions with organizational goals, that's when you shatter all ceilings.

Don't Be the Captain of a Sinking Ship

The stakes couldn't be higher. I'm not just talking about missed quarterly targets; I'm talking about the existential threat of mediocrity that could doom your organization. When you're a leader, not having all the answers isn't the sin—shutting down those who might help you find them is.

Anand, if you’re wondering, got hired. Together with the VP, they did what all exceptional teams do: They defied the odds and achieved the impossible. Don't let your company suffocate under the weight of your own complacency. Get out of the way, and let your team's potential breathe.

So, the choice is yours. You can keep perpetuating a toxic culture that repels innovation, or you can become a catalyst for the kind of transformation that turns businesses into legends.

Exceptional Teams

The Time for Change is Now — Act, Don't React

So here it is, your moment of reckoning. The business world won't pause while you mull over whether to shift your approach to talent or not. So let me lay it out plainly: The difference between companies that soar and those that flounder lies in the questions they're willing to ask—and the ones they're willing to answer. You can't afford to waste another second.

Are you tired of squandering the immense human potential right under your nose? Ready to turn your leadership team into not just managers, but catalysts for innovation? At Straightline Consulting Group, we specialize in helping you do just that. With our cutting-edge human analytics and behavioral science data, we don't just scratch the surface; we dig deep to align your leadership, teams, and culture with your business strategy.

Don't settle for anything less than excellence. Connect with us today, and let's put your organization on the fast track to an empowered workforce and unparalleled business success. Because complacency isn't just dangerous—it's a death sentence.

Time's running out. What are you waiting for?

Don't settle for anything less than excellence

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