End of interview questions.

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  • End of interview questions.
  • lotto
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    Searched the web, can’t find anything that doesn’t sound cheesy or would be asking for facts that would likely be covered in the interview. What good questions have you asked or have been asked?

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    When did you stop beating your wife?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Would you ask for the day off when everyone else is on an office jolly?

    johndoh
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    Surely you only ask a question if you feel something wasn’t covered in the interview?

    Edit: I see what you did there Drac 😉

    Premier Icon bigblackshed
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    More seriously.

    Why do you like working here?

    What’s your boss like to work for?

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Well, I always ask what the timescale for the process is – if not covered already.
    And get them to describe the company culture.
    What are the biggest challenges faced by the company/dept in the coming year, and for your role in particular.
    Where do they see the successful candidate in three or five years’ time.

    The last one just occurred to me, but the others have all been well received and informative for me in the past.

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    Doddy or Chipps?

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Who is your daddy and what does he do?

    Is it possible to opt out of the eleven hour rest period? Asking for a friend.

    In your opinion is a casserole with a lid a pie?

    TiRed
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    “What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the company?”
    “What are the most frustrating aspects of the work?”
    “How will you measure whether I am succesful in the role?”
    “What do you think of product/competitor/… X?”
    “Did you work on product X, what were the challenges?”

    Basically get them to give you their view on a company position on something that look slike you’ve done a bit of homework.

    Oh and “Jam or cream first?” If they answer incorrectly (jam obviously) then you walk.

    chewkw
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    What good questions have you asked or have been asked?

    Questions I asked before:
    1. How do you think you have performed in this interview?
    2. What is your view of the interviewing panel?

    Question I have been asked before:
    1. When can you start?
    Actually I cannot remember what I was asked ..

    If I were to interview again I would ask this question.
    Which do you prefer Fish & Chips, Chinese, curry, French, Italian or roast beef?
    😅

    p/s: anyone that answers Fish & Chips is hired instantly … 🤣

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    What books have you read recently?

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    When I’m interviewing candidates I want them to ask me:

    a) culture and openness in the team/line manager… what is it like? does the team report into other pillars? the interview(er/panel) may not be the line manager.

    b) timescale for HR to turn around the on boarding process, this can range from a few days to a month or indeed be forgotten… it’s something you need to check if you’ve heard nothing and been offered the role.

    c) reprisals/1:1’s? how often, are they productive and written up… some people think they’re worthless, I think they’re invaluable.

    d) WFH/remote working? may not always be in the blurb, may not always be talked about in the main interview.

    e) propensity for getting involved? again not always brought up in the main interview.

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    If I handed you a car covered in sudacreme, who would clean it and how?

    easily
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    “In the event of a zombie apocalypse what would choose to use as a weapon to defend yourself?”

    chvck
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    One that’s gone down well in my experience:

    What haven’t I asked that I should have?

    chewkw
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    I used to be in a panel of 3/4 interviewers with one of my rigid management colleague who was sucker for using interviewing matrix. The matrix was designed by “clowns and supervised(used) by monkeys” (to quote the Boeing employee internal communication) and needless to say the questions were so obvious they interviewees could see them coming.

    chewkw
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    “In the event of a zombie apocalypse what would choose to use as a weapon to defend yourself?”

    Saiga-12 👍

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I see what you did there Drac

    Hahahaha! Sorry but it still entertains me.

    Rob Hilton
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    If I handed you a car covered in sudacreme, who would clean it and how?

    I’d get my cat to do it

    Rob Hilton
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    In the event of a zombie apocalypse what would choose to use as a weapon to defend yourself?

    Weapons are for attack, not defence – when do I start?

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    Do you have any reservations about me following this discussion?
    What skills did the current incumbent m/last hire/perfect person have that made them a success?
    Why did you join …?
    What are the 3 things that makes … stand out above it’s competition?
    Is there any reason that you won’t be inviting me to the next stage?
    Talk me though the first month of employment.

    That’s a few starters.

    chewkw
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    Weapons are for attack, not defence – when do I start?

    Attack is the best form of defence especially with Saiga-12 on zombies as it gives purpose and enjoyment. 😀

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    Saiga-12 far to loud, you will just more zombies. Good quality axe is what you want which should be easy for the average STWer to lay their hands on.

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    Double tap to the head remember.

    chewkw
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    Saiga-12 far to loud, you will just more zombies. Good quality axe is what you want which should be easy for the average STWer to lay their hands on.

    If you enjoy Saiga-12 then that is a welcoming bonus.

    I wouldn’t use axe as the the cutting edge is too short. i.e. the cutting surface is not large enough. One missed swing and you will be bitten/eaten. If you need to use traditional cutting steel then you need to use the ancient Chinese warrior Guan Yu type of weapon. One swift swing and the zombie will be in two pieces at arm distance. 😀

    Rob Hilton
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    Attack is the best form of defence attack

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    When I’m interviewing candidates I want them to ask me:

    a) culture and openness in the team/line manager… what is it like? does the team report into other pillars? the interview(er/panel) may not be the line manager.

    b) timescale for HR to turn around the on boarding process, this can range from a few days to a month or indeed be forgotten… it’s something you need to check if you’ve heard nothing and been offered the role.

    c) reprisals/1:1’s? how often, are they productive and written up… some people think they’re worthless, I think they’re invaluable.

    d) WFH/remote working? may not always be in the blurb, may not always be talked about in the main interview.

    e) propensity for getting involved? again not always brought up in the main interview.

    You’ve ring fenced a few unicorns there. Pillars, on boarding? Where do you work where reprisals are invaluable, the Oval Office? 😀

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    reprisals

    ??

    mattyfez
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    Katana sword and a AA12.

    That should cover most bases.

    If you buttered a cat’s feet, and then dropped it – how would it land?

    easily
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    While a Saiga-12 is no doubt an effective weapon they’re quite hard to lay your hands on around here (it’s possible you are American, in which case I expect they give one to you when you start school).
    Despite the impracticality I’ve always favoured a baseball bat with nails – there’s something so right about it. Or maybe a really good pair of running shoes.

    stgeorge
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    the on boarding process

    Instant dismissal

    Unless on a ship or cabin crew

    Premier Icon Caher
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    Is the company generous with cigarette breaks?

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    Questions I asked before:
    1. How do you think you have performed in this interview?
    2. What is your view of the interviewing panel?

    Don’t ask that

    chewkw
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    Katana sword and a AA12.

    That should cover most bases.

    😲 Good choice. I suppose long Katana should be fine.
    😱 I have forgotten AA12 … arrghh … Yes, I will have that.

    Don’t ask that

    Any reason why?
    How will you answer?
    As some of my friends told me it is irrelevant how one performs in the interview. You got the job or fail the job during the first few minutes of the interview. The rest are just corporate paper works to justify the decisions. I mean majority of the jobs are not rocket science especially in the service industry. I know some play it safe, other in the middle ground while some take risk. Those questions will see how they handle them.

    I remember my management colleague interviewed people using the interviewing matrix and selected those candidates which matched up all the criteria, what a disaster it was after a year working alone with them.

    I disagree with their interviewing techniques but their decision outweighed mine (majority decision to use the matrix) because of them trying to be seen as doing the right thing rather than doing things right.

    On the other hand, in the latter years, using my techniques I selected all the best candidates without using any matrix and those candidates were brilliant and could do all the jobs provided with no problem.

    I still remember once the management team wanted to have an “international” outlook by deliberately selecting people from certain “skin colour”, which I disagreed but ended up giving in to their demand as I can’t be bothered to argue with them for too long. They are bureaucrats by the way.

    GolfChick
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    During my last round of interviews my question for most of them was about their staff development policy and what their staff development involved. I was trying to get out of a local college who tailored all their staff development to curriculum members of staff or basically did nothing bar make you fill in a pd form every year that nobody took seriously or would ever dare say you ‘didn’t meet’ it. It was something personal for me so won’t necessarily work for you but I kind of feel if you don’t have some sort of question to ask that maybe you don’t want the particular job you’re interviewing for. I’ve otherwise generally asked anything they have missed like when would I hear, will I be contacted by phone, etc.

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    If you buttered a cat’s feet, and then dropped it – how would it land?

    Umm… On it’s feet. I think you mean buttered it’s back. 😉

    As for the op, when’s first break, how long is lunch and where’s the closest pub, can we go early if we’ve finished all our on-boarding tasks.

    Flaperon
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    I used to be in a panel of 3/4 interviewers with one of my rigid management colleague who was sucker for using interviewing matrix. The matrix was designed by “clowns and supervised(used) by monkeys” (to quote the Boeing employee internal communication) and needless to say the questions were so obvious they interviewees could see them coming.

    If I was your boss and had provided a list of interview questions that you refused to use, you’d be quickly on your way to interviews elsewhere but from the other side of the table.

    Big companies use pre-defined questions for very good reasons.

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    Back to the original question – I’d ask about the induction process (for me always seemed quite nerve-wracking) and how they’re going to train you for the specifics of the role; how they anticipate the job changing and evolving in the future; and also what the social side of the company is like. Are there clubs? Regular nights out? Trips away?

    Umm… On it’s feet. I think you mean buttered it’s back. 😉

    D’oh! It has been a long week lol 🙂

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    I’ve asked whether there’s anything I’ve said in the interview that makes them think I’m unsuitable for the role, which gives the chance to either accept that or counter that viewpoint.

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