Killer Interview Question: What Do You Want To Be Known For?

This week's KIQ comes from an executive who only wants to hire "missionaries" and has a very specific hiring strategy.

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Jessica Herrin is the founder and CEO of Stella & Dot Family Brands, a women's goods company that made over $300 million in revenue in 2015. Speaking with the New York Times, she commented on the challenge of finding new talent as the company's growth took off.

Herrin was adamant on fostering a culture where employees genuinely cared about the mission of Stella & Dot and are good to the people around them. She would start interviews by asking job candidates about their past followed by "What do you want to be known for, what mark do you want to leave?".

According to Herrin:

"I just want to see that they’re someone who really has a deep well of passion and that they think that way.   "… It’s really about, do you care about the mission, do you have a fierce work ethic, are you a good person who other people enjoy being around, and do you care about winning as a company? That’s what I really try to tease out."

How would you answer this question? Let us know in the comments.

[Via Business Insider]


    rather than what I want to be known for, it is more about not being known for anything or relevant to anyone. If I was on this planet and made absolutely no positive impact on anyone's lives then what was the point to my life, there should have been more than just going through the motions and dying to oblivion with nary a reason for being here at all.
    I am becoming more passionate about transgender rights and would like to know I made a positive impact for equality for gender diverse people in society, legislation, employment and other aspects of one's lives. If the actions I proactively take, means someone else is more confident to be who they are without feeling oppressed then that would make me feel like I had made a positive impact to this planet to steer it towards a better place.

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