Killer Interview Question: What Happened The Last Time You Fired Someone?

Killer Interview Question: What Happened The Last Time You Fired Someone?
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In a job interview, it’s the curveball questions that everyone worries about. Here’s an impressive addition to our repertoire of tough queries: Tell me about the last person you fired.

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Business Insider highlights that question as one that’s particular important for managers and leaders. Obviously if you’ve never held a senior role it shouldn’t come up, but as your career progresses it is likely to become more relevant. “You can’t build a great team without occasionally deconstructing and rebuilding it,” Contour CEO Marc Barros points out.

The response you give should focus on both the process involved (to demonstrate that you’re capable of handling tough decisions) and how you dealt with the fired person afterwards (to demonstrate that you’re not a heartless corporate monster). How would you answer the question?

This Revealing Interview Question Identifies A Natural-Born Leader [Business Insider]


  • Hi Angus. Today is the 10th Annerversary of the retirement of the Concord. Built in a time when the future was always just around the corner I still remember the awe of waiting and watching the Concord fly into Sydney. With its double jointed nose and jetsons styling it looked a lot like someone had ripped it out of the future and brought us a supersonic passenger plane. It was loud and ungainly, pilots told of the difficulty in keeping her stable and the magic of going supersonic as a commercial pilot. She was loud, hard to manage and ever so sexy, it is no wonder Richard Branson tried in vain to buy the fleet from BA but they would have none if it and cut off the wings just to be sure. Roll forward and a successor us still a piped team however there are several prototypes that look promising – yet there is still little hope of reality.

    Angus – could you please consider a story on the successor to a concord ? I think it is appropriate given the history and I am sure the news streams of the world will notice the austerity of this day and as always it is economics that holds us back – from that point supersonic planes or hyper loop ? Or even tunnels under the sea. All proposals to bridge the gap between time and distance. Sydney to London in 2.5 hours in our life time ? Possibly. But shorten the 3 hours in immigration ? I am not too sure? Perhaps we will see 150 Vurgin Galatic plane at gate 31 at Sydney international , here’s hoping:) – Joe, futurist, realist and aviation buff.

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