I wrote this ‘samples of interview questions and answers’ sometime ago and I think I should share it here.
So many a time candidates do not ‘land’ a job owing to the fact that they could not answer some interview questions that could have given them an edge over other applicants or simply get them hired after undergoing rigorous recruitment processes. As the world is evolving new strides and breakthroughs every day, so are recruiters and HR managers growing more intelligent. Here are examples of interview questions and answers that will get you thinking. Enjoy…
Onyinye was cooking a dish and going by her recipe she needed one cup of oil.
However, she only has a three cup measuring container and a five cup measuring container. How will she measure just one cup?
She will use the three cup measuring container twice to fill the five cup measuring container. On filling up the five cup measuring container the second time, what remains in the three cup measuring container is one cup since twice of three cups is six cups.
A house is on fire and it happens to be that you are the only one who knows how to put the fire out. You have to get the house in minutes else the house is consumed, so you need a short cut (route) to the house which only two identical twin brothers know: one is a glorious liar while the other is a sincere soul. On your way to the burning house you come to a cross road which will require you to either turn right or left to take the short route. One of the twin brothers came along just strolling by and in the heat of the pressure and panic you cannot recognise whether it is the chronic liar twin brother or the truthful twin brother. What will be the one question that you will need to ask to know if the true turn to take is left or right supposing you are allowed only one question and the twin brothers know one of them always tell the truth and the other do not?
The question to ask is “Which direction would your brother say is the right short route to the house, right or left?”
Logic: By asking that question, you are sure that the answer to be produced will be the same and all what you have to do is to follow the opposite direction of the answer. How?
Okay, let’s assume the right direction to take is LEFT. Now if you asked the truthful twin “Which direction would YOUR BROTHER say is the right direction to the house?” The truthful twin knowing full well that his twin brother is a liar would say RIGHT because the brother would lie in any circumstance. So your cue is to take LEFT, the opposite of the given answer.
On a reverse, if you met the chronic, lying twin brother and ask him the same question: “Which direction would YOUR BROTHER say is the right direction to the house?” The lying twin knowing full well that his twin brother is very truthful and would give the correct answer which is LEFT would instead say RIGHT because it is his nature to lie. Then your cue is to take LEFT, the opposite of the given answer.
So you see? The same answer from the two of them would cue you the right direction to take. Usually, questions as this come with written interviews. So be prepared.
I had a written and an oral job interview questions. I’ll definitely share that experience soon plus the likable questions to expect during an interview for a bank job (this was gotten for a reliable source of a popular bank). But for now, below are some other questions I shared sometime ago on my FB wall.
Think outside the box!
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:
* An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
* An old friend who once saved your life.
* 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?
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.
The applicant simply answered:
“I would give the car keys to my Old friend and let him take the old 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.”
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”
Interviewer (to a student girl candidate): What if one morning you woke up & found that you were pregnant.
Girl: I will be very excited and take a day off to celebrate with my husband.
Normally an unmarried girl would be shocked to hear this, but she managed it well by portraying herself of being married.
The interviewer ordered for a cup of coffee for the candidate. Coffee arrived and was kept before the candidate, and 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 him
(Answer: The question was “What is before you (U – alphabet) Reply was
“TEA” (T – alphabet)
Alphabet “T” is before Alphabet “U”
Interviewer said “I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question.
Think well before you make up your mind!”
The boy thought for a while and said, “My choice is one really difficult question.”
“Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. “What comes first, Day or Night?”
The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, “It’s the DAY sir!”
“How” the interviewer asked,
“Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!”
In an Internship interview, a candidate was asked “If a plane takes off from Nigeria en route to a neighbouring country and crashes in Ghana, where would the survivors be buried?”
The simple answer is “Survivors don’t need to be buried because they are not dead, they survived the crash”
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A doctor who is very careful of Ebola because he treats the patients always washes his hand and does general hygiene. But one day when he got home he was hungry and wanted to eat. He went to the tap, turned it on, washed his hands, turned the tap off and settled to eat his food. The next day, he was diagnosed of Ebola. How did he infect himself?
The Answer: He got home to wash his hands. After turning the tap on, he used the same hand to turn the tap off which means the tap handle was infected by him and after washing his hands, he touched the handle again before he ate.
Sometimes just thinking out of the box is all it takes!
Share with your friends and give them a special moment of thinking…!! Your comments are welcomed.