Memorable interview questions
“laden or unladen?”
I was asked, tell me something you’re passionate about. Couldn’t bring myself to be 2-faced enough to talk about work, so talked about cycling. After the interview (got the job) I asked for feedback since I’ve not done many interviews, and they said “We were fishing for a genuine answer, most people will give us bullshit about customer service”Posted 6 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I was invited as an observer / advisor to interviews for a new director for an arts centre. The chair of the board opened the interview with a question intended to draw out a critique of a contovercial and politically sensitive public art commission that was being undertaken locally, but finished her question with ‘I tell you why I ask……’ then spent the next half hour answering her own question. Eventually the interviewee had to interupt and leave.
I told the board they should offer him the post, and they did. Unsurprisingly he turned it down though.Posted 6 years ago
A geeky colleague of mine says she asks prospective hardware engineers “what is the colour of the sun?”
If they answer “yellow” then they’re out. Warned a friend about this and he got the job!
I’ve not had any particularly tricky or bizarre ones but I’m sure some of you lot have…..Posted 6 years agoBeagleboySubscriber
My degree (and lab experience) was mostly based around invertebrate ecology. However, I applied for a technical post in a molecular biology lab as they were looking for someone experienced with invertebrates. During the interview I was asked if I had any molecular biology experience. I hadn’t, but trying to answer the question in a positive manner (essentially trying to say no, but I would love to learn), I made a foolish, foolish mistake. I tried to use the word ‘Organism’ in a sentence. I tried to say something along the lines of, “Till now, all of my experience has been with larger organisms.” That’s what I meant to say! The stunned silence, grins and sniggers from the interviewers will haunt me forever.
Probably got me the job as well! 🙂
B. 😉Posted 6 years agosamuriMember
‘What kind of animal would you be if you had the choice?’ is a stupid one I’ve had a couple of times.’
Trick questions… I remember being told about a room with three light switches connected to three lights. I can play with the light switches to my hearts content but I can’t see inside the room. I can only go into the room once and then give my answer. How do I work out which switch operates which light?
Another one asked me how would I get hold of the administrator passwords for a system? That was easy, get the administrator drunk and take him to see some enthusiastic prostitutes.Posted 6 years agoJunkyardMember
What are your weaknesses
to which i replied
Firstly I take on board too much repsonisbility at work and as i am such aa perfectionist i struggle to delegate task
secondly i am prone to inappropriate outbursts of sarcasm.
Stupid qquestion like anyone will tell the truth
TBh I wll do as little as possible and spend all day on STW
when interviewing somoen their phone rang in their back they then answered it and we hear dthe following
Yes I am at the interview now
yes it is going well so far
At this point i shook my head and in a very loud voice said NO it is not.Posted 6 years ago
She still carried on her conversation after that so I got up and left and went and had a brew [ 2 others stayed apparently she chatted for 5 mions]. She got angry that I would not complete the interview.CougarSubscriber
I thought the sun was categorised as a yellow dwarf?
It is, however,
It’s more white isn’t it, and the oxygen in the atmosphere scatters some of the blue all over the sky, leaving less blue in the white. Consequently it looks yellow.
Is correct. It’s white.
What lightbulb question?Posted 6 years agoCougarSubscriber
I’ve had the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ one, and I’ve used it too. It’s a pretty common question.
The trick of course is to come up with a weakness which is really a strength, like the ‘perfectionism’ thing. Except, perfectionism is the “I was expecting this question” response, and a bit of a cliché (which is annoying, because it’s fairly true for me – I tend to focus on minutiae rather than the bigger picture).
As an employer, it can be a real eye opener. I once had a candidate enthusiastically tell us that he had problems with his temper, resulting in him punching out his previous boss. 😯Posted 6 years ago
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