Mark Murphy / Leadership IQ Blog
The following are some standard behavioral interview questions commonly asked by managers around the globe, and every one of them is seriously flawed. See if you can identify the problem:
- Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a difficult situation. What did you do?
- Tell me about a time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.
- Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how
you resolved it.
Are SMART Goals dumb? Well, new research suggests they probably are. There isn’t a company in existence that hasn’t set its share of SMART goals (most commonly defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). But SMART goals can still be pretty dumb. Why? Because too often they act as impediments to, not enablers of, bold action, and actually encourage mediocre and poor performance. “Hold on a minute,” SMART objectives seem to say. “Don’t push beyond your resources, don’t bite off more than you can chew, play it safe and stay within your limitations.”