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Added on:  8/17/2012 4:01:07 AM

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Tough and Weird interview questions

Simple questions such as 'Where do you see yourself in 5 years?' or 'What are your strengths and weaknesses?' are not the norm for interviews anymore. Employers want to see how candidates respond in pressured situations and want to judge candidates on their analytical and thinking skills. Some companies such as Google have built a reputation for asking offbeat questions. Other companies which are reported to ask tough questions are McKinsey, Bain, companies in the financial sector. For companies like Google, which receives a million appications a year, tough interview processes become imperative to separate the wheat from the chaff. Companies are not necessarily interested in hiring the 'most technically sound' or even the 'smartest' candidate. They are interested in hiring candidates that fit into the culture of the company thereby reducing absenteeism at work, low productivity, conflicts at the workplace. To determine these candidates, some tough or weird questions such as 'How would you cure world hunger?' or 'If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?' are asked during interviews. Some companies also want to see the passion that the candidate possesses for that particular industry. For example a candidate applying to a food company can be asked to what his prefect meal would be or a adventure sports equipment company could ask a candidate what his perfect getaway would be.

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