Killer Interview Question: If You Die, What Do You Want Written On Your Tombstone?

We’re taking Killer Interview Question literally this week.

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An epitaph is used to honor the deceased, to give a brief impression of what the person was like when he or she was alive. It’s how they want us to remember them by; a legacy if you will.

Words that are written on a tombstone should not be taken lightly, nor would you be expected to be asked about it during an interview. But some hiring managers won’t hesitate to ask a job applicant this question: “What do you want written on your tombstone?”

This is a question that is asked by a senior executive who is part of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG). The executive uses this question to figure out what a candidate wants their business legacy to be.

According to Business Insider Australia:

“This exec explains to each candidate that he’s not looking for an answer like, ‘Best father, husband, wife’ — instead, he wants them to focus more on what he or she wants from their career, rather than their personal life.”

I don’t know about you, but it seems a bit inappropriate to expect someone to answer with anything other than a statement that talks about their life as a whole, not just their career. In an age where we’re already struggling to maintain a work-life balance it seems a tad selfish for a company to expect someone to dedicate their epitaph to their business legacy.

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

[Via Business Insider Australia]

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