Killer Interview Question: What’s Your Favourite Colour?

Killer Interview Question: What’s Your Favourite Colour?

Another addition to the killer interview questions collection: What’s your favourite colour?

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This question, apparently favoured by US oil company Hess, may seem innocuous enough — an ice-breaker rather than a crucial moment. And indeed, if it shows up early in the discussion, an in-depth answer is probably inappropriate. Just mention yellow and move in.

If the question appears later, however, or your four-word answer is followed up with “why?”, then you’ll need to offer a little more detail. In that context, tying the colour to a positive attribute might make sense: “I like red because it really energises me” or “I like blue because it keeps me calm and helps me concentrate.”

How would you answer the question?

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  • The best interview questions are based on research and objective mrasures and not something that just sounds left field. Eg. Ask them near the beginning about their computer skills… Later on test them on some basic computer skills. This is a test for honesty and accuracy of their own self evaluation which are both desirable qualities in an employee.

    Research based methods will always trump what the hr guru thinks.

  • At this point I’d wonder if the interviewer or the whole company was flaky, and if they were going to start on auras and other nonsense.

  • I would answer, “I don’t have a favourite colour for the same reason I don’t sleep on a futon or smoke bongs, I’m over 21 years old.”

      • I don’t, any colour can look good or bad depending on what other colour it’s matched with. To me its like asking “which one of your toes is your favourite?”. Stupid interview question that deserves a condescending reply.

        • Which one of your toes is your favourite?

          Mines the middle one. The nail on the big one is hard to cut and the little ones a bit of a c*nt.

          • The other two toes in between the big and middle, and small and middle sort of sit on the fence and do nothing special.

  • Under what context does colour preference aid or hinder my prospects for a role? The more I think about it the more I see this one as a complete douche move from the interviewer.

    It would definitely have me questioning if this is in fact a company I’d want to work for.

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