I had dinner with a group of ex colleagues last night - one of those get togethers that happens once every 2 - 3 years and where you spend all evening catching up on what happened to so and so etc. Was great fun but, I was reminded of something that made me laugh regarding unusual interview questions and I thought I'd share it.
One of the guys who still works with this very well known american technology company said that he had got divorced just a year or so ago. He felt that he had become a bit anally retentive as one of the things that annoyed him about his ex partner was the way in which she stacked the dishwasher!
On comparing notes with a work colleague, he asked her (note the mix of genders here making sure that it is not sexually discriminating) her attitude to stacking the dishwasher. Surprisingly, her technique mirrored his and on exploring this with other colleagues, a pattern emerged that suggested that employees of the said company had a common approach to stacking the dishwasher.
So, it has now become part of the interview questionnaire leaving potential recruits at somewhat of a loss to understand how dishwashers are relevant to the legal department of a large US multinational.
At the risk of triggering a controversial thread here, what's the most unusual interview question that you've heard woven into practice?