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Gauge candidates’ originality

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Peter Thiel, PayPal cofounder and managing partner of the Founders Fund, is always on the lookout for employees who are willing to speak up and share their opinions.

To gauge that quality in job candidates and business owners seeking capital for their businesses, he says during interviews: “Tell me something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

He says that it tests a person’s originality of thinking and their courage to speak up during a difficult situation.

“It’s always socially awkward to tell the interviewer something that the interviewer might not agree with,” he says. “Most people think originality is easy, but I think it’s actually really hard, and when you find it, it’s really valuable.”

— Adapted from “PayPal Cofounder Peter Thiel Loves This Job Interview Question,” Aaron Taube, www.businessinsider.com.

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