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16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/7/2014 | 3:00:32 PM
Re: Two from IBM
Ha--how did you answer those questions?
BitTownJoe
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2/4/2014 | 10:30:13 AM
Re: Those logic puzzles, ugh
My first thought before even finishing reading this was "I'd ask hr if they pay their employees with bitcoin and then ask them to give me their central wallet. I would then look at the bitcoin blockchain." After reading the rest of your respnse proving their algo was messed up, i would ask them if they would like a copy of the satoshi nakamoto whitepaper on blockchains and some education on how a hash actually works.
TMagrini850
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1/28/2014 | 12:34:37 PM
Two from IBM
Here are two I was asked during an interview with IBM about a decade ago.  What is the square footage of the grassy area of a baseball field?  How does a toilet work?  Needless to say I didn't take the job as I left the interview wondering if they were looking for a network engineer, a groundskeeper, or janitorial staff.
rodneyd439
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1/27/2014 | 10:48:03 AM
Re: Trick question
Or perhaps neither. I am a visionary...........

 

Master Rod
rodneyd439
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1/27/2014 | 10:40:30 AM
Re: Just a bad article
And since when are these nincompoops psychologists? Half these idiots barely have a homeprinted degree. Do you honestly think that they can evaluate a person when they are idiots themselves? You make no sense.

 

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rodneyd439
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1/27/2014 | 10:36:22 AM
Re: Just a bad article
Au contraire, mon ami! These questions are baseless, and useless. It is simply just an HR asshole trying to make fun of you. And beleive me, HR people can be total assholes. Not to mention my utter distaste of a 26 year old snot nosed punk telling me that I am not qualified to do the work I have been doing for 30 years in technology. Another question often asked is "What is the worst experience you have had with a customer, and how did you deal with it".  First off, it is none of your damned business. Second of all, if I knew that I was going to be interviewed by an idiot, rather the the person doing the hiring, I would not have wasted my time. Thirdly, so as this not to be a waste of time, I will be charging you a consulting fee for answering your questions."... answering trite quips to an interview question is the best way of ensuring you don't get the job.". Stupid people ask stupid questions, idiots, ask idiotic questions, and of course, assholes, ask assholish questions. A good deal of us are professionals that do great work. We deserve respect. I don't want to lower my standard of work, and ethic for such a poor choice of job. That is not to say there can't be a somewhat candid interview. Sadly, the younger generation being given the reigns are nothing more than monkeys. I hope they (monkeys) don't take it as an insult.


 

Master Rod
Susan Fourtané
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1/25/2014 | 5:21:45 AM
Re: Just a bad article
yinzara, 

"I'd say at least half of the questions have valid reasons for asking them." 

If it's not too much to ask, I would like you to list the questions that you say have valid reasons to be asked in a job interview.

It would be great if you could answer them, too, to see what would it be a proper answer to such questions. 

-Susan
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1/24/2014 | 9:36:11 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
" Goodnight. Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding- ding-ding-ding. Goodnight. Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding."

 

http://montypython.50webs.com/scripts/Series_1/35.htm
yinzara
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yinzara,
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1/22/2014 | 3:20:03 PM
Re: Just a bad article
Actually that was just one example of a question I found quite appropriate.  I'd say at least half of the questions have valid reasons for asking them.  So no, I still agree this article is just off base.  Interviewing someone isn't about assessing their technical skills (that method of interviewing is just archaic).  It's about finding if that person is a fit for your corporate culture and team.  To do that, many times you have to ask some pretty off the cuff questions and their reactions to the questions sometimes tell you as much about the candidate as their answer. For instance, Zappos asking a question about what kind of parade you would hold speaks to the Zappos sorta of "crazy" corporate culture.  Additionally, answering trite quips to an interview question is the best way of ensuring you don't get the job.  I would definitely find that disrespectful unless the tone of the interview was set in a joking sort of way.
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1/22/2014 | 2:19:05 PM
Re: "I would be equipped to become a pizza delivery woman."
"If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?"

I'd use them to commit suicide, because I have such a crappy job.
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