If you are an avid fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, then you know that even in the post-zombie apocalypse, a good interviewer needs three go-to questions to ask a candidate who wishes to join your organization. Now while your life and the lives of all of your loved ones doesn’t hinge on the efficacy of your three questions like Rick’s do, the culture of your organization probably does.
In Rick’s case, he must quickly assess whether someone is competent and will be an asset to his group, whether they are not a risk to the group, and whether they possess some level of ethics and morals. Rick’s three questions are as follows…(for those who don’t watch the show, walkers are zombies. However, the show never refers to zombies as zombies even though it is a show about zombies):
1. How many walkers have you killed?
This question is obviously intended to find out how competent the candidate is in an area that is mission critical to the group. More is better.
2. How many people have you killed?
This question will determine whether the candidate shares the ethics of the group and does not propose a risk to the team they have already built. Less is better.
Candidate’s chance to show what motivates them, how they think, and how they and the group will be more successful with them in it. Your last chance to win the job.
Please share any of your go-to interview questions with us in the comments section…