Authentic or obsequious?

By Anthony K. Tjan  via blog.hbr.org   Article

Becoming a Better Judge of People

1. What is the talk-to-listen ratio? … if the talk-to-listen ratio is anything north of 60%, you want to ask why. …

2. Is this an energy-giver or -taker? …

3. Is this person likely to “act” or “react” to a task? Some people immediately go into defensive, critical mode when given a new task. Others jump right into action and problem-solving mode. …

4. Does this person feel authentic or obsequious? … Really good people don’t feel the need to “suck up.” …

5. What’s the spouse like? … a great tip for interviewing … — go out with their spouse, partner, or closest friend. …

6. How does this person treat someone she doesn’t know? … Does the person … have a real conversation with a waiter at a restaurant or the driver of a taxi? …

7 Is there an element of struggle in the person’s history? … two-thirds of people … [who] had the desire to initiate and the ability to persevere so crucial in entrepreneurial ventures — had some financial hardship or other challenges in their formative years. …

8. What has this person been reading? Reading gives depth, helps one understand one’s history, frames ideas, sparks new thoughts and nuances to existing perspectives, and keeps you apprised of current events. …

9. Would you ever want to go on a long car ride with this person? …

10. Do you believe that this person is self-aware? … the most important pre-requisite to great leadership is self-awareness.”

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