What Not to Ask an Interviewee

For the past week or two The Daily WTF has been reissuing older classic stories. I’ve been really enjoying these gems. Today’s story is about a bright idea that Microsoft had to begin asking brainteaser questions during job interviews to see how the interviewees responded. A silly question always deserves a sill answer:

During a screening interview, I was asked how I would design a bike fit for someone visually impaired. I responded something to the effect of, “What, like, for blind people?”, and she answered yes.

I thought for a moment and then I responded, “Well.. a blind person riding a bike doesn’t sound like a very safe idea, so I would make the bike stationary, maybe with a fan blowing in the person’s face. He probably wouldn’t even know the difference.”

She was speechless.

So bad. Although, if I was asked a similar ridiculous question in an interview I would probably react by thinking of the most sarcastic response I could. Good thing I already have a job.



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