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Adam Grant On Interviewing to Hire Trailblazers, Nonconformists and Originals

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  • To develop a resilient culture. An environment with people who think differently will put you into much better position to continuous innovation.
  • To anticipate market movements. Originals bring fresh ideas that can challenge your business model, your assumptions and pri...

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Originals and Where to Find Them

  • Unsung Heroes. For each major innovation or movement, there are catalysts that fade into the background of what they create.
  • Insubordinates. It's important to triage troublemakers, but in doing so, don't miss an original in your midst.
  • Those who have been fi...

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Adam Grant

“Values over rules are key for encouraging originality.”

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  1. How would you improve our interview process
  2. Tell me about the last time that you encountered a rule in an organization that you thought made no sense. What was the rule? What did you do and what was the result?
  3. Why shouldn't I hire you?
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  • Start at the bottom of the CV. Look for people that have multi-functional backgrounds; breadth is critical for creativity.
  • Look for diversity of role models  — and distribution of their impact. Originals internalize others' perspective and construct new sets of ide...

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Original are insistent and resilient

  • Present a problem — but leave out a piece of information. Originals don't give up in the face of obstacles; they find ways around or through them.
  • Evaluate the response to difficult situations. The originals are the ones who expect that people would be motivat...

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Notes on Evaluating Originals

  • Corral references until they’re candid. You have to put references in a position where they have no choice but to be candid with you. The easiest way to do that is to give them forced choices of 2 undesirable attributes.
  • Use a prepared scoring key. It's much more e...

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