Mark Murphy / Leadership IQ Blog

The Biggest Mistake With Behavioral Interview Questions

behavioral interview questionsThe 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.

Why New Hires Fail (Emotional Intelligence Vs. Skills)

Ajob interview failures chartccording to a study by Leadership IQ, 46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success. But contrary to popular belief, technical skills are not the primary reason why new hires fail; instead, poor interpersonal skills dominate the list, flaws which many of their managers admit were overlooked during the job interview process.

Why The CEO Gets Fired (Change Management And More)

Iceo-firedt's a commonly-held belief that the CEO gets fired (or forced to resign or retire under pressure) because of "current financial performance." But that's wrong, according to a study by LeadershipIQ.com. It found that 31% of get fired for poor change management, 28% for ignoring customers, 27% for tolerating low performers, 23% for denying reality and 22% for too much talk and not enough action.

All Great Leadership Styles Begin By Spending Time With Employees

leadership_styles_time_inspirationAre you spending enough time with your employees…or too much? New research reveals that the median time employees spend interacting with leaders is approximately three hours per week – just half of the six hours found to be optimal for employee engagement. Regardless of which of the myriad leadership styles you prefer, spending time with employees is a universal requirement.

Video: How to Conduct a 'No Homework Meeting'

Video: How To Speak To An Impatient Boss

Don't Expect Layoff Survivors to be Grateful

If your company is undertaking a layoff, be forewarned: Your surviving employees are not going to work harder out of gratitude. According to a new study by Leadership IQ , 74% of employees who kept their job amidst a corporate layoff say their own productivity has declined since the layoff. And 69% say the quality of their company's product or service has declined since the layoffs.
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