If Your Employer Asks You These 2 Questions in a Culture Fit Interview, That’s a Major Red Flag

Culture fit interviews have become so popular. These questions are meant to give the interviewer insight into the candidate’s personality, values, work ethic, and more.  

On the surface, this might seem like a great way of identifying those who are ideal employees for your organization. And sometimes they can be. 

But other times, interviewers ask questions that not only don’t actually reveal anything meaningful about the candidate but can also make you feel uncomfortable. 

Tell us a funny anecdote.

Sure, this sounds harmless. But in practice, this only serves to put the applicant on the spot. When’s the last time you were asked to tell a joke? 

A sense of humor is nice, and it’s something the interviewer probably wants to see in a potential fit, but that should come through during your conversation — without explicit prompting. 

Tell me about your background outside of your work history.

This one is a little more dangerous because instead of helping the employer get to know the candidate, this can actually tap into the interviewer’s unconscious biases. 

Everything from where someone grew up to what their parents do for a living to their favorite foods can affect how another person perceives you. 

The interviewee will likely reveal some of this information on their own, but outright asking about their background can even lead to discrimination. 

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