You’ve probably seen them making the rounds on social media: the brain-busting, stutter-inducing questions asked in job interviews at places like Google (How many cows in Canada?), Apple (What are five ways to put a hole in a sheet of metal?), Dell (What songs best describe your work ethic?) and Novell (How would people communicate in a perfect world?).
Less likely to be discussed is whether such interview questions actually help employers find the right IT pros.
“We’ve heard candidates tell us that they faced three hours of pure tech-oriented questions that were specific and focused and extensively related to the job. Then at the end of three hours, they’re hit with, ‘Why is a manhole cover round?'” says Matthew Ripaldi, a senior vice president at IT staffing agency Modis in Houston. “It really put the person off.”