Killer Interview Question: What Would Your Previous Boss Change About You?

Killer Interview Question: What Would Your Previous Boss Change About You?
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Another addition to the killer interview questions list to prepare for: what would your previous boss want to change about you?.

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Ad company CEO Kim Reed Perell says that this question — and a variant where you ask what your former colleagues would change — often produces surprisingly honest responses. It’s a variation on the often-seen “what’s your biggest weakness?” question, but requires you to produce a specific example.

How would you answer the question?

Kim Reed Perell of Adcoin Direct [New York Times via Business Insider


  • My last boss told me that a definite area of improvement would be “Despite the fact that you have an excellent & deep technical understanding of all these systems & how they interact with each other – remember that you don’t know everything.”

  • My current boss is actively trying to make me more effective at networking and taking advantage of informal situations like business lunches as learning experiences. I am, in response to this, actively working to improve myself in this area even though I hate it.

    Once I have mastered this, I will be perfect in every conceivable way.

  • He would make me younger, cheaper, female and with large breasts, plus no inclination to stand up for myself when he screamed at me.

  • He’d make sure I am really comfortable in my job, and change my office workspace from a nice clean desk in an average sized room, to that of a small public portaloo on a construction site, shared by 20 people.
    (Happening right now to me)

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