An interview question never asked.


A job interview question I like to ask is “What is your art?” It’s an open ended question that should not require clarification. When I first started posing it, I found the need to explain it. More recently I just let the person interpret it. If they have no answer, I move on. If the answer is ponderous and all over the place, it suggests a poor self-awareness. No one has ever been asked this question in an interview before so it’s a good way to see how they are on their feet.  It’s also a focus test. It’s an interpretive test. What is art to you? Is it work? Is it skill? Philosophy?

Try it out. It’s a blast.