Killer Interview Question: What’s The Most Creative Way To Break A Clock?

Another strange addition to the killer interview questions collection: What’s the most creative way to break a clock?.

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This question has been asked by Apple when selecting interns. While this is fundamentally a test of creativity, because it’s somewhat absurd and forces you to think on your feet, there is a slight trap here, because it could also lead to you showing a somewhat angry or even demented side if you seem too excited by the prospect. Creativity is good, but coming across as a gleeful clock-smashing loony is going to be bad for most jobs.

At the same time there’s a range of skills, depending on the job you’re going for, that you could display here, because clock breaking could involve meticulous planning (how will you break the clock safely?) , attention to detail testing (would you need multiple clocks to test relative clock stress breaking points and come up with an average?), and even documentation skills (what did the clock look like after you’d broken it?).

How would you answer the question?

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