There’s one question I try to ask every professional athlete I interview: “Which drives you more: Loving to win, or hating to lose?”
The answer requires a little self-reflection. A little thought. Even, sometimes, a little harmless self-disclosure.
For people used to answering the same questions so frequently, often almost robotically, it often sparks a genuine conversation.
So yeah: I’ve always felt kind of smart for asking it.
Then I found out that Mike Morini, an ex-professional athlete and the CEO of WorkForce Software, has a much better use for that question: He uses it to break the ice when he interviews job candidates.
“Candidates are naturally nervous at the beginning of a job interview,” Morini says. “Asking, ‘Do you love winning more than you hate losing, or do you hate losing more than you love winning?’ brings a smile to people’s faces. They visibly relax. They realize this