The essential job interview question to ask (from the archives)

When conducting job interviews, often it's a curly question that reveals the person who's the best cultural fit for your organisation. Here's what to ask.

Recently, while sitting in a conference that targeted the cultural entrepreneurship and technology sectors, it was a comment about job interview questions that had the most impact on me, rather than the buzzwords about innovation or new tech wizardry. Essentially, it was agreed that the ability to cut through to a person’s true character, amidst all the noise, banter and glowing spiels of the recruitment process, is one of the most important skills in business today.

Interviewing is an imprecise process, but you can improve the quality of information you access by asking the right questions.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina