Trick questions

Most interviewers are smart enough not to use them but some claim that trick questions are good for spotting people like to spew BS. I don’t like these questions personally but there is something to that. These questions make it easy to spot when someone is pretending to know what they’re talking about.

Given the numbers 1-1000, what is the minimum numbers of guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint higher/lower, for each quess you make?

The answer is 1, by the way.

Where a banana costs $0.20, an apple costs $0.40, and an orange costs $0.60, how much does a pear cost?

I prefer apples and oranges anyway so I wouldn’t even ask.

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About the Author

James Trotta began teaching public speaking in 2002 and interview skills in 2008. Somewhere in between he began teaching intercultural communication, public speaking, and resume / cover letter writing.

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