Have been asked:
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
My answer was:
Teleportation. Basically, I don't think time should be wasted simply because you need to get from point A to point B. Now, if you want to take the scenic route to enjoy the beauty of nature, then that is fine. I was just referring to efficiency and being awesome.
It turns out that my type of answer was a good one. It indicates that I might like to get things done, work fast, or work hard. In any case, I thought it was a half-way clever way of asking a pseudo psychological question without getting too crazy.
BTW: This question was asked by John Scott (@jszilla). John, sorry if I am giving away your secret "go to" question. But, no worries. No one reads this blog.
Like to ask:
What book is on your nightstand (in your book bag) right now?
I ask this question for the following reasons:
- Does this candidate read? I believe you need to constantly be searching and learning. I don't care about the topic. Just read.
- I am genuinely interested. Usually, this can lead to other questions about outside, non-technical interests. It may reveal something about the candidates fit with the culture.
- I may also, in the alternative, ask the Top 3 blogs you read everyday, or something like that.
Stupid non-technical questions I have been asked and I never ask:
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Could there be a more useless question?! There is no correct way to answer this! It is just a stupid question that is asked when you do not know what else to ask.
If anyone says, "I hope to be working here and have moved up the ranks." I know that person is shoveling crap. Why? There is no way that person could possibly know that they want that. It is the canned response to a stupid question. If anyone can think of a legit reason for this question, please let me know.
Let's say you have a disagreement with a team member. How do you resolve this?
Say it with me, "Well, I would really try to work with that individual and talk the issue through. I would try to understand their viewpoint and give them the benefit of the doubt. If that fails, then I would privately escalate the issue to my superior. blah, blah, blah . . ."
Is there a wrong answer to this except for, "I would not resolve it."?