Hi Steve! Thank you for this topic!
You said "My interviews have often been very technical, but have included a number of "how would you.." or "tell me about a time when.." questions." I just wonder what were the most weird or, maybe, difficult non-technical questions on your interviews?
Thanks a lot!
Many years ago, I applied for a job opening at a major Top 10 insurance company. It was one of those interviews that are supposed to last all day long, and at one point they ask me to complete an "assessment test". It was the type that has like 200 multiple choice quetions and the answer is filled in with a #2 pencil, and one typical question that I still recal was the following:
You can't cook an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
- Strongly Agree
- Somewhat Agree
- Somewhat Disagree
- Strongly Disagree
There was no context or guidance for how to answer these questions. Really, I wish they had included "Don't Care" as an option, and I would have marked that for 90% of them. I decided to play it safe and marked half of them as "Somewhat Agree" and the other half as "Somewhat Disagree" thinking that it would balance out and it was probably the face to face session that would matter most. So, after completing the test, I then spent more than an hour sitting alone in a room until I got the creepy feeling that I was being watched. At that point I actually bailed and walked out.
What's weird is that they called me back several weeks later and wanted to offer me a job.
I declined. So damn weird; I wouldn't work for those guys.
"The universe is complicated and for the most part beyond your control, but your life is only as complicated as you choose it to be."