Culture Fit is Easy! One Amazing Interview Question to Make Sure That New Hire Won’t Challenge the World View of Your White Male Staff

The decade of the twenty-teens is an exciting time for employers, and many are taking advantage of a hot new metric for judging the people around them: Culture Fit. But what does that mean to you and your organization? Lots of people have their own ideas, but most of them can be boiled down to a simple mission: Protect the status quo.

Here is one incredible question that will make it clear if you’re interviewing a ticking time bomb that could challenge your staff with new ideas at any moment.

What is one thing you believe that most people do not?

Their answer to this one magical question is everything you need to know. The ideal candidate should be able to separate themselves from the public, without distinguishing themselves from everyone they’re about to work with.

Over the years, I’ve asked this question countless times myself. Here are a few of my favorite answers:

Tech is a meritocracy.

It benefits me when my employees believe this.

MongoDB is web scale.

Spoken like a true web programmer.

Pie Jesu Domine.

Dona Eis Requiem.

Give this question a try during your next interview, and I guarantee you’ll be shocked by the results. In no time at all, your workplace will feel like the frat house of your 20s.

Love Your Background in Java/Cloud Tech—Are You OK?


I’ve attempted to reach you, but I have had no success. Either you’ve been bitten by a zombie or you’re hiding in a bunker. If you have been bitten by a zombie, my deepest sympathy goes out to your family members.

I hate to keep bugging you, but I do want to express my desire to chat with you more about whether or not our Senior Software Engineer role may be a fit. If you’re still alive, one of the following is more likely to have happened:

_____ Yes, I’ve been bitten by zombies. Please send the antidote.

_____ No, I haven’t been bitten by zombies, but you may wish I had been because I’m not interested. Sorry, it’s everyone for themselves. (I appreciate the candor. I can handle it.)

_____ Yes, I’ve been infected by the Cordyceps Virus and I’d love to pick your brain…

_____ Yes, I have some interest in learning more about the Senior Software Engineer role. Sure let’s chat.



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