By Diane Stafford
The interesting thing is not everyone agrees what questions are stupid.
Some interviewers ask, “If you were a tree/cookie/animal, what would you be?” They say the answer gives insight into candidates’ creativity and ability to think on their feet.
Others think that question deserves a response like, “What relevance does that have to the job? I’d rather respond to a real job-related problem.”
Another question that earns derision is, “What is your greatest weakness?” Some people think the safe-harbor answer is, “I’m a workaholic/perfectionist.” Who could argue against someone who works hard and pays attention to detail?
Others say that’s a no-win answer. Ditto with claiming no weaknesses. Better, perhaps, to say, “I can be brutally honest, and that’s a question you’ll never get an honest answer to.”
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