If there is one thing organisations should be looking for in new employees - it is Cultural Intelligence (CQ). But what questions can you ask in an interview that will get any prospective employees to show if they have any CQ. Or are keen to develop their CQ further?
Here are seven starter questions to try...
1. Investigate the candidate's IQ - through tests or at the interview stage. But see how happy they are to onlyhave IQ. Do they want to develop other aspects of themselves such as Emotional Intelligence (EQ) or CQ?
2. What teams have you led? And how much Cultural intelligence has this demanded of you? Give examples.
3. Tell me a story from your heritage or your family that you think has influenced your own approach to leadership.
4. When leading others, what are the things that you would never change, no matter where you were in the world? Give examples.
5. Did you study in a Magnet City? (a city where over 100 nationalities study) If so - what insights did you take away?
6. Give an example of a situation in which you felt deeply uncomfortable. How did you cope with this?
7. Have you ever discovered unconscious biases in yourself? How have you dealt with them? Give examples.
The important thing to remember is that you will never be able to spot CQ in others unless you are on a CQ learning journey yourself. So maybe before you ask these questions in an interview - first think about how you would answer them.
What questions would you add to this list? Let us know in comments below.