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Old 01 February 2013, 03:44 PM
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Follow-up: a recent article on job interview questions, including "oddball" questions and why employers ask them:


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Old 04 February 2013, 01:05 PM
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And another follow-up, with an argument that employers should ask oddball questions:

For example, if an employer asks what an applicant would do if they won $20 million dollars, an employer hiring an accountant might want someone who'd do something practical; an employer hiring a "creative type" might want someone who'd do something else.


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Old 04 February 2013, 05:28 PM
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People seem to forget that interviews are a two-way process, as well. If somebody asked me to sing a song in an interview, I doubt I'd be offered the job, but then I wouldn't want to work somewhere where that was the expected personality type, so this would be a good thing.

I've certainly had interviews in the past where I've hoped they won't offer me the job because I'd have had a real dilemma about whether to accept it, or would have felt it was stupid to turn it down but would have hated the job itself and had to carry on looking for a better one. That's why it's good to have several interviews lined up over the same period - you can keep your options open far more.
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Old 20 March 2013, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ganzfeld View Post
At a company I worked for many many years ago, I was working in the head office when I came across the file on the job interview session I was hired under. I don't remember exactly what was written about each interviewee but I remember that each of us had been given a score - the name of a golf club. So each person was some number of iron or wood. I skimmed quickly through to find my own name but, not knowing anything about golf or this unusual scoring system, to this day I have no idea why I was a "Sand Wedge".
Well, the Sand Wedge is the club you pull out when everything has gone screwy and you're in a deep hole. So maybe he/she thought you were the goto in time of trouble.

OTOH, the Sand Wedge is the club you go through the whole round hoping not to use so maybe that's what they meant.

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When I interview, I wear borderline business casual, the same sort of thing I would wear most days anyway, but with a little extra care to make sure it's clean and in decent condition. Khaki pants, long sleeve button down collared non-dress shirt, leather non-dress shoes. A tie would seem a little out of place in this industry. The other candidates I've seen are rarely more dressed up than that and some of the people interviewing me may be wearing jeans and athletic shoes. I've never had an actual interview that did not lead to a job offer, so I don't think it's a problem.
The rule of thumb is to wear the most formal thing you'd ever be expected to wear in your duties to the interview. As an attorney, I would never in a million years show up to an interview without a tie.
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Old 21 March 2013, 07:11 AM
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I had a couple of oddball ones at my last interview.

They asked me an extremely technical question which I had no hope answering correctly. After a brief moment of blind panic at how not knowing the answer was going to make me look bad, I finally said "I don't know. But I'd ask (guy at the interview who specialises in that area)". Which was the right answer - they wanted to make sure I would be able to admit when I didn't know something and to ask for help.

The other odd one was that they asked me to imagine I was talking to someone from a non-tea-drinking country, and talk that person through the process of making tea.

At the beginning of the interview I'd joked about how I'd heard of people being asked oddball questions like "if you were a type of biscuit what type of biscuit would you be", but had never actually experienced it... So at the end, when they asked me if I had any questions, I asked what biscuits they would be.

(I got the job)
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Old 21 March 2013, 11:35 AM
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"Back off, man. I'm not a biscuit. I'm a pro."
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Old 21 March 2013, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Brad from Georgia View Post
"Back off, man. I'm not a biscuit. I'm a pro."
You could be a Seabiscuit...

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Old 21 March 2013, 01:51 PM
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At one of my relatively recent interviews I was asked a couple of surprising questions that I thought might be just trying to see how I might answer. After landing the gig, I found out that they were situations that were imminent if not in the present continuous tense.
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