Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Stupid Interview Questions
I'm on a hiring committee again. My college has a canned set of interview questions that are, in a word, lame. I'm actually in a position to make some changes to the list. I've been thinking about questions I've been asked in the past, ranging from the offensive ("You're a girl. We've never hired a girl. Why should we hire you?") to the illegal ("So, are you planning on having any kids? We'd hate to spend time working you into the schedule then have you take maternity leave"). What are the worst interview questions you've been asked? And what have been some of the best questions? It's stressful enough going through an interview process--how can it be shaped so each applicant feels he/she has gotten a fair shot at demonstrating strengths and suitability for the position? I've read the horror stories here about awful application processes. I want to do what I can to ensure that applicants for this position have as positive an experience as possible.