A double-headed addition the killer interview questions collection: which three words would colleagues use to describe you?. And for an extra twist: which three words would your boss choose?
I will ask the individual to tell me what their manager would say about them, what their peers would say about them, what their direct reports would say about them, and in some cases what their customers or partners may say about them. That particular line of questioning leads into fantastic threads, and I’ve found that to be a great one for understanding their self-awareness.
One trick to watch for: don’t choose wildly different words for your boss than for your colleagues. if you do, you either look like a suck-up or someone who very deliberately cultivates a specific image for their boss.
How would you answer the question?