When you’re on the hunt for top talent, it’s a good idea to go into interviews prepared. While you’ll need to assess their technical skills, you also should be ready to throw in some questions that’ll keep candidates on their toes — which is what top companies are doing as part of their recruitment strategies.
Be glad it wasn’t you getting asked this stuff. Or was it?
When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
If you’re the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?
What would the name of your debut album be?
How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida?
If I gave you $40,000 to start a business, what would you start?
7. Trader Joe’s
What would you do if you found a penguin in the freezer?
If you were a brand, what would be your motto?
How many basketballs would fit in this room?
If you had $2,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?
Some of these could make sense within the company’s culture, and maybe some have some meaning — maybe, for example, Delta’s trying to suss out a candidate’s sense of physical volume. But some of these are just plain odd, don’t you think?
Also: I’d prefer the horse-sized duck.
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