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Old 07-16-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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The problem is, this kind of question provides no insight into experience or anything else. All it provides insight into is how well the person can BS the answer. I mean, what do you expect them to say:


A. "My most difficult experience with X was I didn't know how to program the fram-a-stan valve and had to get Joe to do it after causing a week delay in the project."


OR


B. "My most difficult experience with X was when I discovered the fram-a-stan valve didn't properly interface with the doohickey software so I quickly formed a team and led the problem resolution effort to minimize impact to the thing-a-ma-*** project.


So you hire "B" while overlooking the person who never had the problem in the first place, but got stuck on how to describe a problem they never had.
Advocates might claim that asking the inexperienced candidate A about something which he/she hasn't yet experienced can give great insight as to how they handle unfamiliar situations. What is their thought process, how do they react to it, etc.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:44 PM
 
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Advocates might claim that asking the inexperienced candidate A about something which he/she hasn't yet experienced can give great insight as to how they handle unfamiliar situations. What is their thought process, how do they react to it, etc.
Sorry I wasn't clear. What I was trying to say is the same candidate could answer with either answer A if honest or answer B if not. Those advocates would pick the person who answered B even if it was a total lie because it fits what they want the answer to be. That's why so many of us are against the question type because it doesn't actually provide more information; it only provides the illusion of it.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Sorry I wasn't clear. What I was trying to say is the same candidate could answer with either answer A if honest or answer B if not. Those advocates would pick the person who answered B even if it was a total lie because it fits what they want the answer to be. That's why so many of us are against the question type because it doesn't actually provide more information; it only provides the illusion of it.
Ah gotcha, makes sense.
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