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How to keep interviewees on their toes

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HC Online | 18 Jan 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Ever been tempted to throw a quixotic question into the interview situation? Well, you’re not alone.
  • mrd | 18 Jan 2013, 02:28 PM Agree 0
    I wonder what would happen if the candidate being interviewd asked the interviewer how it was relevant to the job they were applying for (eg who cares how many cows there are in canada) and if one did throw out a random number what does it prove - that they can lie easily!!)
  • WW | 18 Jan 2013, 02:50 PM Agree 0
    Mrd, these questions are not seeking a straight forward answer.

    E.g. Google does not actually care how many cows are in Canada. They are asking that question (an obscure and unexpected question) to see how well the candidate can think on their feet and think laterally to solve problems.

    Getting it right or wrong is not the point - but the method they go through to find an answer.
  • hrsydcent | 18 Jan 2013, 02:56 PM Agree 0
    mrd ^^^
    The point is not just the answer, the point is to see how the candidate reacts to unexpected situations. Do they use humour, are they willing to give the unexpected a go, can they think quickly, creatively? Even someone replying with 'how is this relevant' alludes to their personality.
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