Mark Murphy

Posts by Mark Murphy

  • Why You Shoudn’t Use the Phrase “Tell Me About a Time” in Interviews

    October 19, 2015

    These days, most interview questions begin with the words ‘Tell me about a time…’ or ‘Give an example of a time…’ or ‘Talk about a time…’ For example, you might ask a candidate: 'Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a coworker” or 'Talk about a time you successfully persuaded someone to see things your way at work.’ The problem is, whatever the exact...

  • Why You Need to Ask Candidates About Their Failures

    September 1, 2015

    At some point, everyone will experience tough times, and even failure. If we don’t, it means we’re not trying hard enough. In one of his more famous quotes, Mark Zuckerberg’s says: “Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster. However, as most companies grow, they slow down too much because they’re more afraid of making mistakes than they are of...

  • The Problem With Hypothetical Job Interview Questions

    July 23, 2015

    Most hypothetical job interview questions begin by asking: "What would you do if...." followed by some kind of situation, such as "you had to make a big decision?" or “you had a conflict with a colleague?” So why are these types of questions so problematic? The answers they inspire are usually idealized. You'll probably get a lot of responses that sound like...

  • Write Job Ads Like You Sell Products: Differentiate

    July 6, 2015

    It’s a fascinating exercise to read your own job ads and ask: “How many other companies could say something identical to what we’re...

  • Does Your Onboarding Process Resemble a Party or a Hangover?

    June 25, 2015

    We’re all adults here, so I’m just going to assume you’re familiar (at least conceptually) with hangovers. I have a friend (wink) who...