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Tricky Questions


Tricky Questions

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What's an interview question that has thrown me for a loop?

"I see that you have lots of strong points. Can you give me one of your weaknesses?"

Fortunately, I had a good answer: "I am a perfectionist."
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What's an interview question that has thrown me for a loop?

"Can you give me an example of when you have failed ?"

Totally unexpected - turned round with something along the lines of have never failed as such, because I proactively manage expectations and keep all interested parties up to date with an developments that may hinder / delay delivery...
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during a very technical interview, i was once asked to 'name three words that describe yourself'.

perhaps because my head was in technical mode, i stuttered and fumbled and rattled off a very cheesey response.
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I think because early in life I read 'Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions' by Martin John Yate - highly recommended - very little people could ask at interview would surprise me. For instance the two questions mentioned above I would pretty much regard as classic staples - my only comment on the perfectionist answer is that it may be a cliche - but is still probably the easiest way to dismiss the question. For the failure question I have tried, with some success the old 'colleague was a prick, tried to bring him on side, but he got the boot anyhow'.
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One of the more fun interviews I have had:

You are standing on the bank of the Thames.
How can you find out the flow rate, assuming the internet doesn't exist?

(10 minutes later...)

Produce a number.
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Rutulian (8/12/2011)
One of the more fun interviews I have had:

You are standing on the bank of the Thames.
How can you find out the flow rate, assuming the internet doesn't exist?

(10 minutes later...)

Produce a number.

If they are daft enough not to specify a unit of measure or distance then you can make both up!
You'd probably get marks for inventiveness.Hehe

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If you had all the money you would ever want, what would you be doing with your life?
My gut reaction was "Vegas!", but I made up something about charity work.
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Rutulian (8/12/2011)
One of the more fun interviews I have had:

You are standing on the bank of the Thames.
How can you find out the flow rate, assuming the internet doesn't exist?


That's not too hard really. Basic physics. Ok, what basic physics has to do with IT is another matter


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Revenant (8/11/2011)
What's an interview question that has thrown me for a loop?

"I see that you have lots of strong points. Can you give me one of your weaknesses?"

Fortunately, I had a good answer: "I am a perfectionist."


I've used variants of that answer to good use in the past:

"I don't multitask -- I much prefer to seeing jobs through to completion."
"I don't tolerate trivial interruptions from more important work."
"I'm not very good with the rumor mill / gossip game, so I usually leave that to other people."
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