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Old 08-05-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Well you can't very well say "on a beach with a maitai in my hand as I scooped the Powerball the year before" can you? = )
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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When I was in a position to hire I don't remember ever rabbiting on about some tv show - but I did ask what may have been seen as a "stupid question" (I'm in finance btw) and the candidate's answer definitely gave me an insight into how their mind/personality worked and would either mesh or be inconsistent with our dept's goals.

The question was this - Answer right away please, don't stop to think about it.

You're on your way to work this morning and you stop to buy a coffee and a donut - You pay $1.10. If I tell you that the coffee was $1 more than the donut - how much was the donut?
That depends upon whether or not there was tax charged on your purchase....



btw - Please ask me a question like that ^^^ and not about Betty White's new sitcom !!!

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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That depends upon whether or not there was tax charged on your purchase....



btw - Please ask me a question like that ^^^ and not about Betty White's new sitcom !!!

assume no tax charged - so what's the answer?
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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5 cents. :P
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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5 cents. :P

yep ding ding ding - give the poster a donut

but you may be amazed how many applicants will answer 10 cents straight off the top of their head - and then be TOTALLY bewildered when I tell them wrong, it's .05c

Their answers and reactions tell me a LOT more than they think about their abilities to reason. In a finance dept I don't need someone who a. comes up with the 'first best answer' and then b. fails to come to terms with the fact they're wrong. I need someone who can THINK on their feet and get the right answer the first time, OR be at least able to see where their reasoning was flawed.

I've even had applicants argue the point with me......erm NOT the best way to get hired, sorry.

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Old 08-06-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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I love doughnuts.

It's surprising how many Business majors I know who get those types of questions wrong.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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yep ding ding ding - give the poster a donut

but you may be amazed how many applicants will answer 10 cents straight off the top of their head - and then be TOTALLY bewildered when I tell them wrong, it's .05c

Their answers and reactions tell me a LOT more than they think about their abilities to reason. In a finance dept I don't need someone who a. comes up with the 'first best answer' and then b. fails to come to terms with the fact they're wrong. I need someone who can THINK on their feet and get the right answer the first time, OR be at least able to see where their reasoning was flawed.

I've even had applicants argue the point with me......erm NOT the best way to get hired, sorry.
explain how it's 5 cents because i don't get it
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Old 08-07-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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explain how it's 5 cents because i don't get it
If the donut is .05 then the coffee is a dollar more $1.05 = .05 +1.05 = the total of $1.10



All I was mentioning that question I've used for was to show that sometimes what the applicant perceives as a "stupid" question actually has some validity to the interviewer.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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What about my favorite? Where do you see yourself in five years???-lol
I've always been partial to "Describe your biggest weakness." One of these days I'll have to try "I have an irrational hatred for those who ask tired questions that any half-competent applicant will have a well-rehearsed reply for."

For interview purposes, my biggest weakness is speaking too fast when excited. My real biggest weakness is only disclosed on a need-to-know basis. (And no, it isn't Kryptonite. Those rumors are untrue.)
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:09 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I've always been partial to "Describe your biggest weakness." One of these days I'll have to try "I have an irrational hatred for those who ask tired questions that any half-competent applicant will have a well-rehearsed reply for."

For interview purposes, my biggest weakness is speaking too fast when excited. My real biggest weakness is only disclosed on a need-to-know basis. (And no, it isn't Kryptonite. Those rumors are untrue.)

Weakness question is just something about you that you feel needs a LITTLE strengthening
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