You are interviewing for a great job with an exceptional compensation package.  You are in the final interview on the final day of a comprehensive vetting process when you are asked:

  • Who are you?
  • What are you about?
  • What do you stand for
  • What do you want to accomplish in this job that will have a meaningful impact on this organization?

These are known as curveball questions.

They are not about strategy, operational results, or financial metrics. Rather, these questions focus on determining your level of emotional intelligence. Anyone with a decent memory can handle the so-called categorical questions, those that zero in on facts and figures. But without anticipation, reflection and rehearsal, those four CORE questions are what interview trainwrecks are made of.