In my day job (and I use that term affectionately, I love what I do) I meet a lot of people. I recruit and place people in jobs they want with a company that is easy to love and easy to be loyal to. I read a lot of résumés, I make a lot of phone calls, I meet a lot of people and through it all I ask them a multitude of questions to figure out ‘who they are’ and why or why not they might be ‘a good fit’ for our company’s culture. I could (and do) ask many things in many ways to ascertain this information – I put them through “what if” scenarios, ask for specific examples of the behaviour and processes, all the while tapping into a reasonable prediction of what their experience and personality will bring to the table. What I have learned over the years is that all of those questions work – interviews are nothing if not somewhat formulaic – but if you really want to learn about someone ask them what they are passionate about.