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Interview questions have two reasons. The answer is not one of them.


Some years ago I was reading a book called "Mindhunter, - Inside the FBI's elite serial crime unit. Written by John Douglas. Why? It occurred to me that detectives and hiring managers were in the same business. The business of finding the truth hidden by the candidate's message. The risks were not the same, the FBI was tracking down killers while an HR manager is trying to make the best hiring decision for the company.

At some point Douglas makes it clear the intent of an FBI question is not to get an answer but to limit your future response range, and / or serve as a setup to leverage the interrogator to the next level.

Next time you answer question, remember they're not looking for answers. They're using your answer to get behind your message and at the truth. Or, maybe they're just looking for answers.


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