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Old 11-25-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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I recently had a cultural interview. After all the behavioral questions. The interviewer said enough of me asking you the hard questions, now its time for you ask me a hard question. I totally wasn't expecting him to ask me this.
What are your thoughts? was it a trick question?
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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What's a cultural interview? And I believe they were just asking you to ask them questions. This happens in every interview I've ever done.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Interview questions about company culture are designed to determine whether you will be a good fit for the organization.
They are trap questions and can be hard to answer on the fly

Here are some examples:

What causes conflict, and how is conflict resolved?

Can you work under pressure and deal with deadlines?

What is the most difficult decision you had to make?
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I don't think there was anything tricky about the question, when I interview I always ask if the candidate has any questions, tough or not.
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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I don't think there was anything tricky about the question, when I interview I always ask if the candidate has any questions, tough or not.
You're right! They usually say "do you have any questions for me?" NOT "now it's your turn to ask us a tough question?" That's weird to me

That through me off. Stupid me, I did. My nerves got the best of me
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Old 11-25-2015, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I recently had a cultural interview. After all the behavioral questions. The interviewer said enough of me asking you the hard questions, now its time for you ask me a hard question. I totally wasn't expecting him to ask me this.
What are your thoughts? was it a trick question?
I usually ask something like:

what sort of person will do well here/in this role/at this company?
what would you want me to accomplish in my first 90 days here?
what is the company culture and how do you contribute to enhancing it?
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Old 11-25-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Interview questions about company culture are designed to determine whether you will be a good fit for the organization.
They are trap questions and can be hard to answer on the fly

Here are some examples:

What causes conflict, and how is conflict resolved?

Can you work under pressure and deal with deadlines?

What is the most difficult decision you had to make?
Basically more questions that HR uses to justify their own existence.
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Old 11-25-2015, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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It's always a good idea to prepare for ANYTHING that can be asked. Some good questions to ask a potential employer that are general enough to be asked for most positions:

-What are some of the major challenges/opportunities in the location or division?
-How will my success/performance be measured?
-What kind of leadership style do you (or direct supervisor) have?

Depending on the industry, you can find others to ask. Based on the asnwers, add statements on how you can contribute. On the "challenges and opportunities" question, if the interviewer answers that quality is a particular challenge and you have experience in improving quality, talk that up...and so on. I think you get the general idea.
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:04 PM
 
Location: nYC
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I recently had a cultural interview. After all the behavioral questions. The interviewer said enough of me asking you the hard questions, now its time for you ask me a hard question. I totally wasn't expecting him to ask me this.
What are your thoughts? was it a trick question?
Give a choice, what would you rather loose, your sight or your reproductive organs ?

When they answer, the question above, follow up.

If you don't compensate me for wasting my time today, you will loose one of those !
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:47 PM
 
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I recently had a cultural interview. After all the behavioral questions. The interviewer said enough of me asking you the hard questions, now its time for you ask me a hard question. I totally wasn't expecting him to ask me this.
What are your thoughts? was it a trick question?
i've never heard of a cultural interview; but there are many companies now that want a cultural fit. But without knowing what you were asked, it's hard to give you advice. In general though, most want someone that will get along with others and be positive
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