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  1. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    Asking oddball questions for IT positions was a major fad a few years ago. Thankfully, few places still do just the weird questions. The fad left a legacy, though; it's still common for tech industry interviewers to include an off-the-wall question just to see how quickly candidates can think sideways.

    I have no idea to what extent the practice infected other industries.
     


  2. Kar98

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    Maybe the interviewer was hungry?

    Or, upon reflection, maybe they wanted to see if you could describe a technical process clearly and understandably.
     
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  3. SQLGeek

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    I haven't interviewed for a ton of jobs but I've had my fair share with large companies and I've never had any of those off the wall type of questions. The closest was a managing partner at a Big 4 that asked me "Say I gave you $250,000 to start a business. What would it be?"
     
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    Bratwurst truck.
     
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  5. BillFairbanks

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    Ask my wife to make it.


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  6. BillFairbanks

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    I would make Jump to Conclusions Mats

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  7. toddnjoyce

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    The only oddball question I had was in 2016 with Cognizant, a digital services consulting company. I had an interview with one hiring manager who passed my resume to one of their LoB execs who walked up to me, introduced himself and said let’s talk.

    He asked a couple of brief qualifying questions, then asked, “What’s your passion?”

    And I told him, no hesitation, it was aviation. The. I asked why he asked that question.

    His response was his belief that if you could not articulate your passion quickly, in a well thought out manner, he did not believe you cared about anything.

    Offered me a team lead role on the spot. I deferred though as I was placing my bets on an opportunity with my current company.

    My only other ‘different’ interview was with the COO for Robbins-Gioia. We were both alumni of Troy University. Spent the whole interview on who we knew. Found out we had lots of 2d degree connections. That was enough for him to recruit me, but since most of his opportunities would be in DC, it wasn’t a good location fit for me.

    We still connect a couple times a year, just to catch up.
     
  8. sharkey

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    Hmm, back in 1990, the city I went to work for had me take the psychological test (forget what they call it) and there were a ton of questions dealing with your sexuality and proclivities. The review board was awesome. People you didn't know from adam calling you a stupid POS. Oh how times have changed.......

    The most current interview with a global company was way easier. 3 interviews over a months time and boom, got the job. Boss did ask me what would happen in a situation and I guess he liked my answer. I think my physical appearance threw him off. I knew I was in a good spot because no one that interviewed me wore a tie and I had a suit on. I see all these guys driving in a monkey suit and in TX in the summer, that is a killer.
     

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