There are two questions I often ask people that I think get at the heart of who they are. First, I ask them what their passion is. I can get a good sense of who they are, and it helps me understand how they’re going to fit culturally in the organization. I also always ask people, “What will your company think when you tell them you’re leaving?” It can help you get at other aspects of the person — how they work with others and how they’re perceived.
Kristin Muhlner as quoted in Adam Bryant, “The Upside of Being Replaceable”, The New York Times (18 January 2015), BU2.