“How many yellow taxis are there in New York?” 👇
This was one of the interview questions I encountered early on in my career.
✘ The role was not in New York AND
✘ Had nothing to do with taxis or driving.
✘ The interviewer worked for a bank.
As the manager shared this question with me, I understood in some sense why she’d asked it during interviews. It helped her understand how the job seeker could problem-solve. The way they provided their answer could show her:
✔ If they thought it through OR
✔ If they were impulsive in their answer OR
✔ How they handled an uncomfortable or unexpected situation.
My feeling as an HR professional:
🤔 Job seekers already had enough to stress over rather than answering weird questions about taxi cabs that no one really has the answer to.
🤔There are better ways to understand someone’s problem-solving abilities without this question.
In order to prepare job seekers out there who are going through the process of finding employment, let’s share our experiences AND have a little fun!
🤝 What is the strangest question you were asked during an interview?
🤝 What is the worst question you were asked during an interview?
🤝 What is the best question you were asked during an interview?