Interviews for technology leadership positions help hiring managers to get a feel for a candidate’s technical chops and leadership skills. But for Mindy Ferguson, meetings for such a role at Capital One in 2018 felt different than others throughout her more than two decades in IT.

That’s because the manager, Mike Eason, asked her questions about what she liked to do in her spare time. Ferguson quickly realized that Eason was interested in getting to know her rather than just survey another candidate whose tech bona fides he needed to vet.

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