By Derek Loosvelt
When Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb interviews you, he doesn’t just probe your past for things like extracurricular activities, teamwork skills, and ability to overcome difficult situations; he also wants to get a sense of your level of “self-awareness” and “openness.” In fact, here’s a two-part question Webb uses while probing prospective employees:
“Six months from now, we’re going to know each other very well. What will your team and what will I say that you do really, really well? And then what will they say that we all wish you did better?”
Which is a bit similar to asking, What are your strengths and weaknesses? But the twist Webb puts on that ubiquitous interview question allows for slightly different answers. Which I’ll get to in a minute. But first let’s hear what Webb is looking for in the way of a response.