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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?
Susan Fourtané
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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
RobPreston
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1/22/2014 | 1:32:44 PM
Re: Just a bad article
yinzara, you found one question you find plausible out of this batch of inane questions and you think the whole tone of this article is off base? Have a little fun with it. And the author makes a good case for why the other questions are misguided, useless, or just plain odd. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/21/2014 | 8:43:57 AM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
LOL! @asksqn! The second most stupid interview question (from the same interview) was "Where do you exect to be in five years?" Now that's a common question. But in this case the position was a contract job and the interviewer worked for the company that was outsourcing my work from  another company. So what happened was: I got the job but at the end of one year, the company didn't renew the outsourcing contract with my employer. 

What I wanted to respond during the interview was: "Where will you be when the contract expires at the end of the year!"
Kristin Burnham
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1/21/2014 | 8:29:52 AM
Re: Those logic puzzles, ugh
^^Great point. If a company asks a question with only one right answer, how does that similar scenario play out in the boardroom when there's a critical decision to make?
Ariella
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1/18/2014 | 6:37:24 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
@jagibbons that would prove they are even bigger Trek fans than the questioner, right? I know nothing about Archer and only a bit about Pike (seemed a bit more like Kirk than Picard).  Of course, a real geek would have to take Spock or Data as a role model. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/17/2014 | 5:39:20 PM
Trick question
"Are you a tactician or a strategist?" Not a stupid question, but a trick question because the job was a strategic role. If you said tactician you were cooked. I didn't bite. I said strategist.

But still didn't get the job.

Maybe I should have said I'm a tactical strategist. Or perhaps a strategic tactician?

 
Thomas Claburn
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1/17/2014 | 4:31:42 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
>how many jellybeans fit inside a 747 aircraft

One 747-sized jellybean, liquified for easy insertion.

As with the pizza example, basic area or volume calculations aren't too hard if you accept approximations of the required inputs. But I'm skeptical of their value as a measure of employee resourcefulness.

The ability to figure out how much of x fits into y should be assumed, at least for jobs requiring a high school degree. It's not as if, say, an Amazon warehouse ever got backed up because workers kept trying to put orders into boxes that were too small, leaving managers wishing for employees with better volume-calculation skills.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/17/2014 | 4:22:38 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
Who's the better Star Trek captain. Kirk or Picard. (I answered Picard).
Laurianne
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1/17/2014 | 4:14:17 PM
Re: Your worst interview questions?
Jellybean counting? Would "I'd ask Watson" be an acceptable answer?
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