O'Neill, who has been with BMI for 22 years and was appointed CEO in 2013, always immediately asks why they chose the specific place. "Some people will say, 'I was nervous when you asked me to pick it,'" he tells Bryant. "I love that answer because they're being very candid with me at that point."
Next, he's probably going to ask more questions about your coworkers, mentors and peers than about you. "When I interview people, I want to know if they have those same qualities that my parents expected from us: trust, respect, accountability and watching others' backs," says O'Neill to the newspaper. "And I learn more by asking them about the people they surround themselves with than I do by asking them direct questions."
He tells Bryant: "So I'll ask about their last job. Who was the person you really wanted to work for? Who was the person you wanted to run from? Why? What were the traits of those people?"