written by Ju yeong Im
There are some well-known interview questions of google. ‘Why are manhole covers round?’, ‘Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco.’, ‘How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?’ , ‘How many golf balls can fit in the school bus?’ Likewise, They aren’t embarrassing questions no more that we couldn’t think about at all. In job interview, interviewers ask questions which have various answers or don’t have correct answers to take creative talents. Then, interviewees have to answer these questions not like a math problem but in their own way.
I think embarrassing questions in job interview is a micro trend. These questions don’t end just in interview because The questions mentioned by many people who don’t related to that interview. And people preparing for their interview try to make own answer sheet and make expected embarrassing questions list(impossible to predict exactly). Especially, They are used in companies needing creative ideas like ‘Google’, ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Apple’. Companies can take people having creative ideas with embarrassing questions as well as portfolio and people having good ideas with agility have an opportunity. However, People with bad agility or thinking so long suffer difficulty. So, embarrassing questions are detestable to somebody.
Its meso trend is regarding creativity as important and its mega trend is globalization and mechanization. There are Top 15 disappearing jobs predicted by ’The U.S Bureau of labor Statistic’. We can see that robots and AI will replace the labor used strength or based mathematical calculations. But creative thinking, only human’s work, can’t be replaced and as society changes quickly, companies need new ideas so quickly. Then, they try to find creative talent with agility.
At first, some major companies started to ask embarrassing questions as originals and setters, the interviewees might be confused. Since then, many companies have followed the trend interviews have predicted the kinds of questions. It isn’t an extraordinary question like ‘How many tooth brushes were thrown away?’
But as mention earlier, there is somebody hating this trend. although some people have amazing ideas, they can fail the interview because of nerve. So, iI would like to ask to you: What is perfect interview way to solve this problem?
Nicholas Carlson(2009, Nov.4)
Rachel Gillett(2015, Oct.14):