We’re often told to keep our personal and work lives separate. This week’s KIQ goes against this line of thinking.
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When Amber Guild, president of brand experience for design company Collins, interviews job candidates, she usually starts off by asking about what they did on the weekend. This isn’t a trick question.
“I’m not looking to evaluate their answers but rather start to hear and understand who they are as a person,” Guid said. “Most people tend to get excited to share a story and you start to get an idea of what inspires them and what they’re passionate about.”
This leads to job candidates sharing interesting tidbits about their lives. One applicant had a side bakery business that Guild found out about after asking about their weekend.
“While professional experience and skillset is important, it’s not all we hire for,” she said. “We’re looking for people who are engaged in other areas of their lives — people who are curious, inspired, kind, thoughtful and empathetic. Oh, and insanely smart.”
How would you answer this question? What did you get up to over the weekend? Let us know in the comments.