Smart-arsed interview questions were never, ever, big and clever

I sometimes wonder if it's me....?

I've heard about all these really clever questions to ask at a job interview that will really sort the wheat from the chaff, but they whizz past me - and I can't help it, but I have to say to myself "WHAT PLANET DO THESE PEOPLE INHABIT ?!?!"

You know the sort of questions I mean:

  • How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge ?
  • Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses ?
  • How many ways can you get a needle out of a haystack ?

Or even....

  • What colour are you today ?

Don't get it. Lost on me. What is going through the mind of anybody facile enough to think these questions have any reason?

What makes it worse is the BBC actually found a bunch of nutters who to admit they saw them as a good idea - and were happy to be quoted: Click here if you want your brain put through a blender

I have to admit, I came close to chucking it all in and spending the rest of my life sat down in a corner with a damp towel over my head.

But today the sun appeared and sanity prevailed. Google (somehow I'm not surprised it was Google) have admitted they used these sort of questions for years and they are, and I quote, "Useless".

So for all of you who have been wondering if you've been interviewing right, you can be re-assured you probably were. That's more likely if you just ask damn good open questions and probe the answers you don't understand or believe.

Life is only as complicated as we wish to make it. The idiots who peddle this rot to make themselves more important and justify their existence have just received a firm poke in the eye.


For more blogs that highlight life is about doing simple things well click here - written by an idiot for those wise enough to understan...

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