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Self-interview questions for leaders

I have just completed the review of dozens of applications and interviews with 22 candidates for a couple of roles… Needless to say, a lengthy recruitment process!

As I was questioning candidates, I reflected on what my own answers to my questions would be. It is a healthy habit to tune in once in a while – question and challenge ourselves, re-focus and move forward. Although I’m sure many of us regularly reflect in such a way when specific situations arise, it could be a very interesting exercise to go through some interview questions in a more organised and systematic way.

So I decided to prompt your thinking and invite you to a ‘self-interview’. I have picked my favourite questions of the lot and re-phrased them to be relevant to a current position. Some of these questions could be addressed quite quickly, but I would encourage you to take the time to think them through at a deeper level. Of course, if you have your own favourite interview question, I’d love for you to share it with me.

Here they are:

  • Why me? What is the single most important reason why I deserve to lead this organisation?
  • What value do I bring to the organisation? the role? the team? What value do I want to bring?
  • What energises me?
  • What is my most significant professional failure? What did I learn from it and what would I do differently if I could go back in time?
  • When have I gone above and beyond the call of duty? Am I giving my 100%?
  • What’s my greatest area for development? How do I know this is my greatest area for development? What actions will I take and resources will I tap into to support me in my development?
  • What’s important to me in a work environment? a team? my career?
  • What are my goals for the next five years?

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