Episode 41

Behavioral Interviewing Hot Seat: Why Hiring Managers Ask Weird Questions


May 6th, 2021

42 mins 22 secs

Season 1

Your Hosts

About this Episode

Larry, Trip, and Anna are doing something new this week! They’re conducting their very first hot seat session with two brave candidates who are eager to understand what goes through a hiring manager’s mind and why they ask questions the way they do. At the end, your co-hosts explain some of the psychological reasons behind their questions, and they share how they also filter for bias.

Key Takeaways
Companies are employing some shady practices when it comes to hiring a new candidate. They use “psychology” but it’s not actually real psychology.
The first candidate on the hot seat is Manisha. A little bit about her and what she does.
Manisha shares a time where she had a conflict with a peer.
Trip asks Manisha what she thinks Larry and Trip were looking for in that interaction.
Meghana joins the hot seat and shares a little bit about herself.
What is Meghana’s proudest professional failure?
Meghana shares a time where she had to push back on a boss.
Trip breaks down how he was trained to interview candidates.
Larry shares why he looks for candidates with a growth mindset.
Anna emphasizes the point that you need to get good at telling stories. People remember details to the story, not necessarily facts and figures.
Manisha and Meghana share their experiences of being interviewed by other companies.
Trip shares how he noticed bias during the hiring process and why it’s important to weed that out really quickly.
Manisha got asked the question, “Tell me why we shouldn’t hire you.”

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