How to Prepare for a Tough Interview

Foolishness What is your greatest strength?

What is your greatest weakness?

What three words most describe you?

We’ve all heard these time and time again in interviews that we’ve been in over the years. We can probably even guess what the next question is going to be, or at least some variation of what we thought was coming our way.

The Fool is famous for having tough interviews, mostly because our hiring managers ask hard questions about their industry, specialties they may have (in technology, marketing, investing, business management, for example), and our business in particular – we want candidates to do some research about our company before they come in.

But we add a bit of our Foolish culture in the interviews, too. It’s not that we play Good Cop, Bad Cop, but the culture team gets to ask questions that peer more into a person’s life outside of their resume and cover letter.

We talk about baking; we talk about sailing; we talk about rescuing puppies…

We want to know about the person that we are interviewing, and not just what jobs they’ve had.

We look for Foolishness, sure – which, by the way, has a broad definition – but we also want to know that this person is going to kill it at their job. We work hard to play hard.

So next time, you are preparing for a tough interview, be yourself, put your best professional foot forward, and be humble and gracious throughout the process.

If there is anything that I’ve learned recruiting for the Fool, it is this – if you have ever sat in an interview process here and have NEVER thought, “Wow, how did I ever get this job?”, then, well, you probably aren’t a Fool.


A few things about me: I love Dr. Pepper, coffee, tea, and the color orange, just not in clothing. I also am addicted to reality TV and Pinterest. I love to laugh, and think it's the best exercise and the best medicine for the soul.

2 Responses to “How to Prepare for a Tough Interview”

  1. Best interview question I ever had was “If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?” Of course, after having just bought a shiny, brand-spankin new chef’s knife, I said I’d be a chef’s knife…. I was interviewing for a mentorship program, hoping to mentor kids from the ages of 6-18. They clearly thought I was crazy. But hey, I aced the other questions!


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