Does the Otter Get the Job?

Is this who you want to hire?

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In this economy, it can be tough to get a job... And once you make it to the interview stage of the proceedings, it's not getting any easier. Lynne A. Sarikas at Northeastern University has been compiling the strange questions that come up in more and more job interviews. Sure, there are places you'd expect wacky questions like, "What animal would you say you most compare to, and why?*" But banks and biotech firms are throwing interview curve balls too, so you better be prepared. They want to catch you off-guard, see how you handle the unexpected. Have you run into one of these crazy questions lately? What was it, and how did you respond?

*While I don't know my response to this question, I might be tempted to steal my Dad's — he's long identified with sea otters, swimming on their backs and cracking open a shellfish lunch. Sounds like a great life, but I'm not sure it'd help me get a job!

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I've been asked what word (just one word) best describes me - I said "smile," because after over 20 years at one company, I've seen enough to realize that a smile is the best way to greet a problem, challenge, or opportunity - it always disarms.

Sent by Tom R. | 10:22 PM | 7-29-2008

I was thrown a curve ball on interviewing with my company. "What's your favorite mechanism?" Maybe not too curvy for a tech related job. Now, years later, I often use a curve ball in interviewing. It isn't usually about the answer itself, but the second half of the question. Why? Fine with me if someone wants to be an Otter. Is it because Otter's don't have to go to a job, or because Otter's are able to adapt to their environment and improvise ways to succeed. You can probably guess which answer would squelch the interview.

Sent by Jim Stephenson | 10:52 AM | 7-30-2008