This week's KIQ comes from Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations. It's a typical example of the behavioural-based questions the technology giant has begun to embrace in recent years. In other words, no more pointless riddles about filling jumbo jets with golf balls.
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Google used to be famous for presenting job candidates with fiendish brainteasers that primarily served to entertain the interviewer. It has since ditched this approach in favour of structured behavioral interviews, with questions like the one above. This creates what Bock calls a "consistent rubric" for how candidates are assessed.
"The interesting thing about the behavioural interview is that when you ask somebody to speak to their own experience, and you drill into that, you get two kinds of information," Bock explained in an interview with The New York Times.
"One is you get to see how they actually interact in a real-world situation, and the valuable 'meta' information you get about the candidate is a sense of what they consider to be difficult."
[Via The New York Times]