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A Pivot-al Start to 2013


The best segment on Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo is the Pivot Questionnaire!

Barnard Pivot is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural TV programs, particularly Bouillon de Culture.

James Lipton, host of ITAS, adapted Pivot’s use of a Proust Questionnaire and signs off each episode by engaging his guest to answer each of the following questions.

How would you answer:

  1. What is your favourite word?
  2. What is your least favourite word?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What is your favourite curse word?
  6. What sound or noise do you love?
  7. What sound or noise do you hate?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

When I’m facilitating a search, I often think the selection committee might find out more about the real candidate by using Pivot than behaviourally based interview questions!  And imagine using these questions when screening on-line dating prospects instead of guessing how “creative” each profile is… 

Give it a shot and have fun!