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Thread Started by #kiran_ksk

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it's raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:



1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.


Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that

there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading...

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This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

* You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first;

* or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to ! pay him back.

* However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. Guess what was his answer?

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He simply answered:

"I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."
15th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
Yes, I have heard companies using questions such as these to come up with their ideal candidate. A good one!!!
15th November 2006 From Sri Lanka
I would like one question asked in an SSB interview a commandent in chief asked the interviewer "what will you do if i run away with your sister"
the candidate who was selected answered " i will not get a better match for my sister than you sir"
Thanks
shikha sahai
16th November 2006 From India, New Delhi
Yes. I accept. This type of simple, which requires right answer from smart persons to be added in our question pattern.' Vijayasree
16th November 2006
This was a good one. I think I have heard this before. Another one I'd like to share.
Interviewer ( to a student girl candidate) - What is one morning you woke up & found that you were pregnant.
Girl - I will be very excited and take an off, to celebrate with my husband.
( Normally an unmarried girl will be shocked to hear this, but she managed it well. Why shud I think it in the wrong way, she said later when asked)
Ann M
17th November 2006 From India, Mumbai
dear friends,
nice postings. :)
This is called 'Lateral thinking" ( thanks to 'The week')
I add one more:
Interviewer: He ordered a cup of coffee for the candidate. Coffee arrived kept before the candidate, then he asked what is before you ?
Candidate : Instantly replied "Tea"
He got selected.
You know how and why did he say "TEA" when he knows very well that coffee was kept before.
(Answer : The question was "What is before you (U - alphabet)
Reply was "TEA" ( T - alphabet)
Alphabet "T" was before Alphabet "U"
wishes
senthil raj
17th November 2006 From Costa Rica, San José
Hi Everbody,
Good topic-nice responses.
One question that comes to my mind in the context of INTERVIEWS-today from an employers point of view is what are we looking at:
Is it ATTITUDE?
Is it whether the candidate will contribute and stay?
Does he/she meet the job profile?
The issue, is even if a person is smart/high IQ etc. his retention and contribution cannot be ascertained in the course of an interview.....or through the process of 'smart' questions as referred above...
Yes if I am perceived to be the best employer in the world than I need to look at the best candidate as per criterias predetermined.
But for SME's with yet to establish a brand equity....!
So the question I am posing is, how does one select the candidate who will stay and will CONTRIBUTE....in the context of a not so high branded co.?
Grtaeful for inputs.
Thanks,
Sanjib.
17th November 2006 From India, Delhi
Simply Superb... Please continue with this type of interview questions. we can refresh with new ideas Regards Ram.
17th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
dear friends,

Interview is a process which helps to quickly assess the candidate and his back ground within the short time.

However, his performance, based on so many things, will be counted.

Perhaps i can share my experience.

Two years before i was personally requested by a CEO to help him to prepare the budget. I supported him and completed the task within a day. Without hesitating, he promised me that i will be taken to his organisation. I explained him that there so many proceudres are there (as i am in government set up) before i come there.

One by one, all the procedures were completed, including interview (i did the interview very well) and got the offer and also joined.

Served there for two years ...worked from morning to night...including sat and sunday. I lost about 3000 pm because difference in the job as per the government procedure, still i accepted since it was new organisatin.

Within two years....i established a system which was moving very smoothly and user friendly. Suddenly, there was a pressure on him to appoint new person and he also understood that he will be benefitted personally, hence i was requested to leave.

Ofcourse i felt very happy to back to my parent organisation with the happy note that a good system was establihsed by myself.

So CHANGE is the only thing inevitable.

My feeling is that one must have very positive attitude, support others, have confidence, be an optimist, balance your family and office, maintain good relationship and alwasy look for learning/innovation.

Though there can be belief that the candidate if selected will stay and contribute lot....... they know that change may come at any time.

wishes

senthil raj
17th November 2006 From Costa Rica, San José
Out of the box Interview Questions!!

Well, there are some I know are asked at various organizations. Two such questions asked at “Microsoft” spring up to my mind.
  • How would you design Bill Gates’ bathroom?

    How is M&M’s made?

You don’t need to be an engineer to answer the first question – all it aims at is your ability to think & think different! There are 20 basic things expected in reply to this question – would you run out for the 10, 15 or do you have it in you to think of the 21st and 22nd?

For the second question, again, the company was “Microsoft”. M&M’s? Here, most probably, the interviewer was himself not aware of the process followed to prepare M&M’s, but what he wanted to see was, how convincing approach could the candidate provide.

HOWEVER:

Such questions however depend on the level / round of the interview. The companies wherein there are more than 2 rounds of interviews, the interviewing procedure should be carefully structured. Interviews should be more objective as the levels move to prevent the candidate from losing the interest.

Per that reason, it should be weighed down if it is feasible / advisable to have such question. It takes skill and work to analyze these answers and it needs to be ensured that these are asked in lieu of requirement and not the interviewer’s penchant to ask different / unexpected questions.

Regards,

Parichay Dewan

17th November 2006 From India, Mumbai
Hai Ann M, The question was excellenctly answered by the girl. this is an excellent presence of mind in the interview.
18th November 2006 From India
Hey Kiran, Shikha and Ann :
Fanatasic. The 3 are classical examples of how presence of mind works to achieve better goals than getting provoked, tensed, sentimental and at alst failing.
Great.
Thks
:: Dhinakaran
18th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
Someone was mentioing about "Logical" questions. I just remembered one: [ I think southindians can understand better!]
The Question is : Where Lord Rama would have celebrated his "First Diwali"? People will start thinking of Ayodya, Mitila [Janaki's palce], Lanka etc...
But the logic is , Diwali was a celebrated as a mark of Lord Krishna Killing Narakasura. In Dusavataar, Krishnavathaar comes after Raamavathaar..
So, Lord Rama would not have celebrated the Diwali At all!
Regards
Sathiyamoorthy Iyer
18th November 2006 From India, Madras
HI , As correctly said think out of the box. in todays world if u want to survie in corporated then u have to think out of the box.
19th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
This is a general Quiz question I once asked my Sunday school kids. Reference to Bible. Similar to the Lord Rama one.
Q - How may animals went into the Ark that Moses built ?
A - Moses never built an Ark. It was Noah.
You never know, some such brain teasers are used everywhere.
Ann M
20th November 2006 From India, Mumbai
Hi, my question is if interviever ask to share an jok, then what kind of jok should we tell? give answer with example.
20th November 2006 From India, Mumbai
hey guys ............
here one similar kind of teasure from my end......
During an interview, the interviewer asked to the candidate " this is ur last question of the interview. plz tell me the exact position of the center of this table where u have kept ur files."
candidate confidently put one of his finger at some point at the table and told that this was the central point at the table. Interviewer asked how did u get to know that this being the central point of this table, then he answers quickly that sir u r not likly to ask any more question, as it was the last question that u promised to ask.....
and hence, he was selected as becuas eof his quick-wittedness.........
please send more of such examples of uncommon types ...........
Suryakant
MUMBAI
21st November 2006 From India, Bangalore
Many years ago in a small Indian village,

A farmer had the misfortune Of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The Moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful Daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his Daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the Proposal.

So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let Providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black Pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would Have to pick one pebble from the bag.

1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father's debt would be forgiven.

2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven.

3) But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into Jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As They talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he Picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two Black pebbles and put them into the bag.

He then asked the girl to pick A pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have Done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you Have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag And expose the money-lender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order To save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with The hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral And logical thinking.

The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with Traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses The above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the Girl to do?

Well, here is what she did ....

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The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without

Looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path Where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the Bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I Picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had Picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his Dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into An extremely advantageous one.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't Attempt to think.
24th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
One night 4 MBA students were boozing till late night and didn't study

for the test which was scheduled for the next day.

In the morning they thought of a plan. They made themselves look as

dirty and weird as they could with grease and dirt.

They then went up to the dean and said that they had gone out to a

wedding last night and on their return the tyre of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back and that they were in no condition to appear for the test.

Then dean was a just person so he said that you can have the retest

after 3 days.

They said they will be ready by that time. On the third day they

appeared before the dean. The dean said that this was a special condition test.

All four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test.

They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last three days. The test consisted of 2 questions with total of 100 marks.

Q1. Write down your name. ----- (2 marks)

Q2. Which tyre burst? ------- (98 marks)!!!
24th November 2006 From India, Hyderabad
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