HOF: Job Interview Q&As

Quote from: chaosbydesign on January 11, 2013, 9:36:22 PM

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1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?”
I couldn’t possibly get rid of just one. That would leave an uneven number of states, and I dislike uneven numbers.

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2. “How many cows are in Canada?”
None. There is only a ‘c’ in that word. You also need an ‘o’ and a ‘w’ to spell ‘cow’.

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3. “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?”
The Empire State building is 443m; a quarter is about 2mm thick, so you’d need approximately 221500 of them to reach that height.

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4. “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?”
He says “why am I here?”. If he doesn’t know, how could I?

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5. “What songs best describes your work ethic?”
Still Alive by GLaDOS

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6. “[Amazon CEO] Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?”
Art made from failed scientific experiments.

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7. “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?”
Work, of course.

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8. “How would you rate your memory?”
I don’t remember.

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9. “Name 3 previous Nobel Prize winners.”
Albert Einstien, Barbara McClintock, Shinya Yamanaka

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10. “Can you say: ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ and cross-sell a washing machine at the same time?”
If the person I was trying to sell to did not speak English and I had a translator who said ‘Peter Pepper Picked a Pickled Pepper’ meant ‘this is the most awesome washing machine in the world — you have to have it’, then probably.

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11. “If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?”
That depends. How would you prefer to be cooked?

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12. “How would people communicate in a perfect world?”
In a perfect world, there would be no people.

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13. “How do you make a tuna sandwich?”
Enthusiastically.

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14. “My wife and I are going on vacation — where would you recommend?”
That you both go to different places. You’ll enjoy it more.

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15. “You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on [the TV show] ‘Iron Chef’. How do you prepare your team for the competition, and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?”
Watch the show, and tell them to watch the show too.

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16. “Estimate how many windows are in New York.”
With a population of around 8 million, I would estimate that taking offices and homes into account, there are probably around three windows per person, so around 24 million.

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17. “What’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.”
I would, but I was always advised not to interview drunk.

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18. “Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when the time is 11:50.”
60°

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19. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?”
You mean those weren’t free?

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20. “Pick two celebrities to be your parents.”
John Cleese and Marie Curie

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21. “What kitchen utensil would you be?”

A fork. More points to stab you with.

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22. “If you had turned you cell phone to silent and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?”
I tried to silence that, but technology rarely listens to me.

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23. “On a scale from 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer.”
1 or 10, depending on whether the scale goes from ‘awesome to terrible’ or vice-versa.

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24. “If you could be anyone else, who would it be?” That guy over there. Because he already works here.

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25. “How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?”
Google it.

So… would I get the job?

For B&P writing class…. What other outrageous answers could we come up with? Could we come up with amazing answers? Let’s practice these for fun the first day. How many different weird amazing answers could we generate?

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