This changes over time, but here’s my favorite question to ask a job candidate:
How do you see yourself adding value to a company? That is, when you get a job, a company is going to invest in you and pay you (hopefully a lot), so, ideally, what would you like to be doing on a weekly, monthly, quarterly basis to ensure a high return on that investment?
Typically, you can learn several things from their answer:
- What they like to do
- What they’re passionate about
- What they’re good at
- What differentiates them
- How they see themselves fitting into an organization
Of course I would never qualify or disqualify a candidate based on the answer to one question, but the answer to this question usually tells me a lot.