Archive for February, 2018

15 Favorite Interview Questions to Completely Disarm Job Candidates (in a Really Good Way)

Posted on February 26th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Maybe your favorite interview question is one of the most common interview questions. Maybe it’s one of the most common behavioral interview questions. Or maybe you have a less conventional interview question you like to ask, like those asked by these company founders and CEOs.


What is your favorite interview question? To find out, we asked the Inc. community on LinkedIn to provide their favorites, as well as their reasons why. Below are some of the responses; go here and here to see them all.


1. “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?”


The answer can be personal or professional. What the candidate accomplished isn’t as important as how — and why. What were the hurdles? What were the roadblocks? Did the candidate seek help? Does the candidate credit the people who helped?


The answer also can provide insight into how the candidate defines “hard,” and how their perspective align with the challenges your business faces.

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We asked readers for their favorite interview questions — and we weren’t disappointed.

Thanks, Robots! Now These Four Non-Tech Job Skills Are In Demand

Posted on February 26th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Automation isn’t a simple struggle between people and technology, with the two sides competing for jobs. The more we rely on robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, the clearer it’s become just how much we need social scientists and humanities experts–not the reverse.


These four skills in particular are all unique to us humans, and will arguably rise in value in the coming years, as more and more companies realize they need the best of both worlds to unleash the potential from both humans and machines.


AI and machine learning are extremely useful for solving straightforward, predictable problems and finding patterns no human would ever be able to spot in big data pools. But they’re less helpful in sussing out issues where it’s not a given what the problem actually consists of.


Say a patient gradually stops taking her medication, and an algorithm picks up on that fall-off early on. That’s great, but you still need a human being to ask why and contextualize the reasons–with a full understanding of what it means to live with chronic illness. For instance, is the patient simply forgetting to take her medication, or actively choosing not to? Is there an alternative remedy that suits the patient’s priorities and lifestyle?

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The more we rely on AI and machine learning, the more work we need social scientists and humanities experts to do.

Emotionally Intelligent Ways To Express These 5 Feelings At Work

Posted on February 19th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

You’ve heard by now that you need to be “transparent” and “authentic” and to “bring your whole self” to work. More often than not, these phrases are shorthand for expressing your feelings. But while it’s true that you need an emotionally intelligent approach both to build a great work culture and to advance your own career, there’s more to it than just wearing your feelings on your sleeve.


Showing emotional savvy isn’t only about candor, though that’s certainly part of it. Properly channeling your emotions in the workplace is a powerful leadership skill. With that in mind, here’s how to calibrate and convey five of the most common emotions you’re likely to experience at work.

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No matter what emotions you’re experiencing, there’s a way to channel them to project leadership.

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