Do you want a different result? Ask a different question

Last week, I met a client at The Castle Inn in Bradford on Avon. As I waiting at the bar, I noticed a stack of blank job applications and I picked one up. Am I thinking of a new career? Absolutely not but I was intrigued by the questions on their form.

It asks for the usual contact details, age, eligibility to work in the UK and potential start date but it doesn’t ask other questions you might expect like ‘What experience do you have of bar work?‘ or ‘Describe when you have worked well in a team.’

Instead it asks:

  • Draw us a picture of yourself
  • Tell us about your proudest moment
  • What is your go-to karaoke song?
  • Why do you think we should meet you and not the other guy?
  • Ask us a question
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • You’ve got £500 to take a friend out for the night. What do you do?

What I love about this application form is that it tells you a lot about what it might be like to work at The Castle: if this form makes you uncomfortable, then The Castle probably isn’t the place for you. There are no right or wrong answers to some of those questions but the answers will give the employer an insight into the applicant’s personality and interests. Sure, this application form is fun but I bet it’s also extremely effective.

In conversations with my coaching clients,  I see that this approach works well in other situations, either at work or at home. When we ask the same standard questions, we’ll probably get the same standard responses.

Einstein said ‘If you want different results, do not do the same things’. 

Today’s pebble for your consideration is this: Are you looking for a different result? Is it time to try a different question?


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2 Responses to Do you want a different result? Ask a different question

  1. Barbara Rogers says:

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the last three blogs. So encouraging. I have struggled all my life with that. Since being told that AV verse by vicar’s wife Be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect and having a mum who for the best of intentions always expected me to get A and sing in tune! Thanks xx

  2. Pingback: Dealing with demotivation (part 5) | Turning over pebbles

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