What is your greatest strength (or superpower for the really lame)? If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why? These are allegedly questions designed to reveal a candidate’s character. I would call this “pop psychology” for those who defend such ludicrous questions in an interview. Moreover, most people who would ask such a question do not have the experience to adequately interpret the answers they would receive.

Yes! I once had a screening call with an HR staffer who I could tell was just out of college, who proceeded to pull out what must have been the stupid question of that month for HR professionals: “Tell me about a time when you did everything right and it turned out wrong.” I told her straight out I couldn’t answer the question because I failed to see its relevance to anything about the job. In my mind, I thought, and how, young woman, do you intend to interpret my response?

My bitchy twin was thinking I should have said, “Why yes. I did everything right in applying for this job: crafted a great cover letter, customized my resume, and researched your organization, and yet I’m confronted with this asinine question when you clearly know nothing about the actual job.”

Designer. Craft artist. Point guard (ret). Collector of windup toys & push puppets. PhD, sociology. chrisaraymond.net | chrisaraymond.dunked.com

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