It’s a classic scene. You think your interview is going fantastically and then all of a sudden the hiring manager asks you why manholes are round or what song best describes your work ethic. These gotcha brain-teasers are the stuff of nightmares for job prospects and, according to a recent article, they’re actually pointless. In this New York Times interview, author Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, said that these questions “serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.” Blair Hanley Frank nicely summarized this interview in this recent GeekWire post. Frank writes, "According to Bock, Google’s investigation of its own HR outcomes has produced some key insights regarding what predicts success at the company. As it happens, many of the things traditionally thought to be effective indicators of success during the application process didn’t accurately predict an outcome."
Managers are there to help employees perform, thrive and stay engaged at their company. Performed well, a manager’s duties can really help a company remain a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, when you’re managing people, there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. Dan Schwabel points out the 6 biggest mistakes he thinks managers make. From micromanaging to taking all of the credit for your subordinate’s work, these no-nos can majorly disrupt your group. It’s important to realize what these common mistakes are so that you can be aware if you’re commiting them!