A recent story on Forbes.com supports a continuing trend: With many more candidates on the market than open job assignments, hiring managers are indeed asking some very challenging interview questions.
The current crop of questions may seem as imposing as the ones asked of Monty Python's 'King Arthur' as he crossed the 'Bridge of Death.' Remember?
"What is your quest? And what is your favourite colour?
Yet, the new amped up interview questions may yield some very useful insight into how job candidates think on their feet.
From the Forbes.com post:
"Why are manhole covers round? How do you measure 4 gallons of water using only a 3 and 5 gallon jug? How many gas stations/dogs/windowpanes are there in the United States?
The Green Suits need to take this new interviewing trend seriously and rise to the occasion. While we may not know the right answers, immediately, we can attempt to answer in a way that shows how we go about solving difficult problems.
And now this has got me thinking about how many dogs there are in U.S. homes:
Let's see...I guess there are about 110 million households in the U.S. and perhaps forty-five to fifty percent of them have dogs...
...Fifty million? (Am I in the ballpark???)
Meantime, if you haven't already, please pick up a copy--or download--Tailoring the Green Suit: Empowering Yourself for an Executive Career in the New Green Economy. It will help you acquire knowledge, get training, and gather the experience you need to succeed in the New Green Economy.
Dan Smolen is Managing Director of The Green Suits, LLC--an executive recruitment firm--and author of Tailoring the Green Suit: Empowering Yourself for an Executive Career in the New Green Economy.
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