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‘What’s the difference between a duck?’ Proper job interview questions we all should use.

This is a guest blog. Content copied, entirely without permission or apology, because it made me laugh tears out of my nose.

My friend and work colleague Phill Warren explains that when he finds himself staring at a blank sheet – needing to write, not knowing what to write – he just writes whatever’s in his head.

The following is what happened when he applied this approach to preparing interview questions for the role of Policy & Project Officer at the local Council. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind you nicking some to use in your own interviews. (I’ve added a couple of extras.)

  1. Have you ever ridden a unicycle?
  2. Take That said “Everything Changes But You” can you explain why you are resistant to change?
  3. What’s the difference between a duck?
  4. In what circumstances is it acceptable to weld dogs?
  5. Why do Councils?
  6. Why don’t Councils?
  7. Tell me how you cope with high hopes and low crosswinds?
  8. How do you ensure you keep up to date with new trends in Inuit hemlines?
  9. Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?
  10. What type of whittling have you done?  Give examples.  What makes you think you are good at it?
  11. What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?
  12. Can you please give any examples of how you have bought about change in the world and how this has improved the world?
  13. What do you understand of the principles of Entropy and do you believe that this renders all of human endeavour meaningless?
  14. Can you, when the need arises, dig it?

Somewhat more meaningful than what are your strengths and weaknesses, don’t ya think..?


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