Killer Interview Question: What Have You Invented?

Killer Interview Question: What Have You Invented?
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Another addition to the killer interview questions collection: what have you invented.

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Advertising agency CEO Lori Senecal tells the New York Times she uses the question to identify if someone has a problem-solving mindset. “It’s to see whether they have the mind-set of creating something. That shows a desire to find fresh solutions,” she said.

For a developer role, this should be an easy question to tackle. In other contexts, explaining how a process you created benefitted the business could be a sensible approach to take.

How would you answer the question?

Lori Senecal on Coaching When the Bar Is High [New York Times via Business Insider]


  • Its great that you take the time for these articles .. But … These killer questions usually aren’t killer questions. This one, unfortunately, is not an exception.
    If an interviewer wants to know if you are creative, they’ll look at your hobbies and expand on them.
    If an interviewer asked me 1/2 of the questions that have appeared here, I would have alarm bells ringing and would almost certainly reject them as an employer. Would you really want to work for an employer that asks obscure questions that can be obtained far more easily using a little bit of logic and a far more natural conversation based on a person’s CV.
    Then again, I’m not a Facebook type – so maybe obscurity is part of the norm these days.

  • It is currently Patent Pending, so i can’t disclose it due to the fact you may steal it.
    once the patent gets through, i’ll be a billionaire, however, i have no friends to share my wealth with.
    i was hoping i could share it with you.

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