Some annoying interview questions I've been asked, and I have to regretfully admit that I've asked some of them when interviewing candidates:
- What is your greatest weakness?
No real right answer here except to pick on the usual weakness to strength answer, ie. I'm a perfectionist and sometime this makes me work too hard to get something done
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years?
You really want to say, "not in your shoes" but the best answer is to say that something along the lines of how you "want to make significant contributions to the company and be recognized by having a position of great responsibility and accountability."
- Why do you want to work for our company?
You really want to say, "because I need a job duh!", but you have to say something about how you respect the company's products or services, company culture, and the company's presence in the industry.
- Tell us about yourself?
You really want to say, "you must be too lazy to ask me some real questions", but you have to start by focusing on your background that are relevant to your job. Don't talk about how you wanted to be an opera singer when you're young but how you're now applying for a programming job.
- What are your salary expectations?
You really want to say "what does the CEO get paid? I want the same salary", but you really shouldn't answer this directly. You should say that you're open and that you're looking for compensations that takes into account your experience and contributions.
- Why are manholes round, how would you design a shower head, etc.
These questions are asked for jobs that have nothing to do with manholes, designing shower heads, but are designed to test your "thinking". The important thing is to talk aloud and have solid reasoning rather than providing the right answer since there really is no right answer.
- If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
This is really silly and it's supposed to be a test to see if you fit in the company culture. The best answer is to find an animal that displays the positive aspects of the company culture. Don't say something like Hyena and talk about how you would go after market niches that fall through the cracks of larger competitors.
- Do you work well as a team?
You really want to say, "not in a team full of idiots", but you really should say that you're a team player and back it up with examples of team oriented projects from your career.
- Programming tests and obscure Computer Science questions from academic courses
These are the most annoying questions such as "explain big-O notation", and a whole bunch of other academic questions that really don't have any impact on the day to day job tasks. There's no way out of these questions. You have to basically know these things if you're going to interview at a company that thinks an solid grounding on academic theories leads to better job performance.
There are definitely no shortage of bad interview questions (especially illegal questions) and I could probably go on forever!!!.
· 1 decade ago