The interview question thread

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by Gone with the Pilot, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. I said I'd make a thread on this altogether, where we can talk about how to answer questions that might catch people off guard. I think you need to become good at lying to get through interviews. Below are some questions that I need ideas for.

    How do you adapt your personality to each colleague?


    If you treat everyone equally then you shouldn't need to adapt your personality to different workers. So if you're treating people differently, it could well mean you're giving someone special treatment. I didn't like this one because if I do adapt my personality to each colleague I deal with, it's a subconscious thing. I'm hardly expected to talk about little nuances that change within my demeanor when I interact with different colleagues?!

    What changes do you think could be made to the store layout?

    I would have preferred if he tested me on how well I knew the store layout having walked through it, than being asked about what changes I could have made. Someone would need to study the store for weeks to be in a position to recommend such changes.

    What did you dislike most about your job?

    I try to say it's when people don't adhere to health and safety protocols. Any other ideas?

    A task you were asked to do that you found difficult, and how did you deal with the matter?

    Tell me about a time you took critical feedback from a manager?

    Can you give me an example of where you coped with change?

    Tell me about a tricky situation you were in with a colleague?

    Tell me about the biggest challenge at your last job?
     
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  2. guerillabedlam

    guerillabedlam _|-|=|-|_

    This is one I'd like some tips on how to embellish

    Do you have (x) years of experience?


     
  3. Are you joking? Isn't that just a yes or no answer?
     
  4. guerillabedlam

    guerillabedlam _|-|=|-|_

    Maybe I should clarify, what if you say Yes because you want the job but your presumably accurate resumé doesn't reflect that?
     
  5. themnax

    themnax Senior Member

    How do you adapt your personality to each colleague?

    my personality is me. it doesn't need changing. that or i don't understand the question

    What changes do you think could be made to the store layout?

    i think that's a good answer, i would have to be more familiar with it, watch it in action for a couple of weeks before i could come up with a logical and useful recommendation

    What did you dislike most about your job?

    having to have anything to do with humans. that's the hardest part for me, of any job.

    A task you were asked to do that you found difficult, and how did you deal with the matter?

    asked for a clarification of what specifically was actually required.

    Tell me about a time you took critical feedback from a manager?

    nope, i don't recall, sorry.

    Can you give me an example of where you coped with change?

    change happens all the time. there is nothing for it to be different from.

    Tell me about a tricky situation you were in with a colleague?

    i'm a loner who stays out of those by trusting no one.

    Tell me about the biggest challenge at your last job?

    the new loonie christer manager who screwed it up for everyone. i just never went back.

    (p.s. not expecting to get the job and eternally greatful for not needing to)

    ah, years of experience. none working for anyone else.

    for myself, without stress, i've been using blender since around 2.39. that's when i furst became aware of its existence.
    before that, back in the 90s, i was using autocad to try and make concept illustrations with, because that was all i had or knew anything about.
    actually when 13 came out, i took an intro class in it, this was early 90s some time, that was all there was.

    (closest i've ever come to anything to do with retail was running a dish washing machine in restaurants that used real dishes,
    i'd be waaay to paranoid to touch a cash register, unless it was my own store.)
     
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  6. I'minmyunderwear

    I'minmyunderwear voice of sexy

    that's the whole point, he's checking whether you actually did your homework and learned about the job before the interview, or if you just showed up.
     
  7. Irminsul

    Irminsul Valkyrie

    I manage my staff much differently where none of these questions are really relevant in the field I am in. I took a spell from my current job but look forward to getting back into very shortly where I will be a manager again.

    My job is tourism I guess, with hospitality. Basically I manage a small hostel where tourists come to stay and my job is to make sure I have staff available and the necessary arrangements and activities for our guests.

    The most important thing to me is "work culture". You can be 10/10, know the ins and out of the whole job, worked 10 years in the white house but if I don't think you'll work out in the culture we have, I am not interested in hiring you. Plain and simple, I'd take a completely less qualified person that will fit in with us better because to us, we come to work for each other and your job is to have fun, that's what we employ you for. You get to get drunk and go on all these activities with sole responsibility of only making sure our guests are having fun and return home safely.

    During snow season our roster rotates to accompany instructors, like, if you haven't snowboarded before, we have a guy or girl to teach guests that etc. During summer the activities are much different and that's when I come to work. Some folks like to horse ride or go hiking and as of a couple of years I've even introduced hunting and recreational shooting which has been quite popular.

    But if you cannot fit in and have fun with anybody else working here, it won't work out with me. So work culture is paramount to a successful candidate.

    I remember when Tony from New York came to an interview. Completely unkept, no other place would have even looked at him, but I looked at him and I got to know him. His interests, what he likes to do etc what he's into. He was into music, travelling, drinking, socialising, bong head and generally having fun. I gave him the job on the spot because I knew his personality would fit in with us. We're all a bit queer and weird, so was he. Perfect fit. And I've knocked back candidates that have worked hospitality all their life based on the same things. This person doesn't seem like they'd really fit in with any of us, so I'm not interested.
     
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  8. tumbling.dice

    tumbling.dice I Am Only An Egg Lifetime Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Interviewer: "What would you say is your worst quality."
    Me: "Honesty."
    Interviewer: "What? That's a great trait. It's not bad at all."
    Me: "Whatever you say shithead."
     
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  9. Meliai

    Meliai Evenstar


    I wanma score an interview with the grocery store I frequent just so I can expound on this bullshit for a few minutes

    Someone probably makes 75k a year just to design the layout of the store and yet it still makes no goddamn sense! None

    For instance, why are the spices stocked in 2 sections on 2 different aisles? Why isnt the condensed and evaporated milk with the other baking items? Why can cheese be found in like 4 different places throughout the store? Why are canned tomatoes not with the rest of the canned vegetables

    What is this mess?





    I think they would hire me
     
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  10. neonspectraltoast

    neonspectraltoast Best Member

    Oh, I don't know...maybe because tomatoes are a FRUIT?!
     
  11. wilsjane

    wilsjane Member

    When I was asked about autocad, I simply replied. "If you want someone to copy and cobble other peoples ideas, why do you need me". I then added, "I can use a drawing board, but a sketch on the back of a cigarette packet is all most craftsmen need". Needless to say, I got the position. LOL
     
  12. storch

    storch The compliant

    How do you adapt your personality to each colleague?

    I don't. If there's any adapting to be done, my colleagues will be the ones doing it.

    Tell me about the biggest challenge at your last job?

    Trying to get away with doing the least amount of work possible, which was quite a challenge, owing to the fact that my coworkers were just as lazy as me.

    What did you dislike most about your job?

    Having to do it. And not knowing where the tomatoes belong.
     
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  13. Meliai

    Meliai Evenstar

    THEY ARENT WITH THE FRUIT EITHER

    this is madness
     
  14. neonspectraltoast

    neonspectraltoast Best Member

    THEN WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY?!
     
  15. Meliai

    Meliai Evenstar

    With the pasta noodles

    Which is fine, I guess
     
  16. Wizardofodd

    Wizardofodd Senior Member

    I think it's almost pointless to ask those questions. How they answer probably tells you more about other things than it really does about the question anyway. I never ask anything like that. I'm good at reading people and thinking about how they will fit into our team. Just because you're an asshole or a push-over doesn't mean we don't want you working here.
     
  17. I'minmyunderwear

    I'minmyunderwear voice of sexy

    this is always what people say just before they hire a shitbag.
     
  18. Irminsul

    Irminsul Valkyrie

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