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Most ridiculous questions you’ve been asked during an interview?

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I was essentially “negged” during an OCI interview — years ago now so I don’t remember everything he said, but one comment I recall was “it appears you jump around a lot, how do I know you won’t be flighty and stick around” (this is not necessarily a bad interview question in principle, but it made no sense here - I had a career pre-law school, so my resume showed 2 years in one position, 3 years in another, and then the usual handful of in-law school internships and research projects). I said something like I was looking for a good fit and place to build a career, so my answer depended in large part on him and his firm: if there was a feeling of mutual respect and that the firm would invest in me, I would in turn invest my time in the firm. (At this point I had already lost patience with this guy, after a fairly hostile and aggressive 15 minute exchange during which he talked over and ignored the junior female POC associate who was apparently just there for show - this is relevant because I am a woman with the same ethnic background, so his treatment of her only helped to reinforce the lack of respect he seemed to have for me.) He sat back, satisfied, and told me basically “that question was a test,” and I passed. Needless to say, I did not accept the callback (and explained why when they called to invite me back). To this day I wish I’d had the guts to say straight out “this isn’t a good fit” and cut the interview short!

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This isn’t a question but I once had a phone interview for a job. Obviously they couldn’t see me. So I decided to twerk while answering questions. They asked me these specific legal doctrine questions and I was BSing answers while twerking!! Lol I got the job. Now when I do big negotiation calls or calls with opposing counsel, if it’s from home I’ll think of that moment and do a quick quiet twerk while I’m listening lol it’s become my thing. It doesn’t bother anyone cause no one knows about it but it helps me be less nervous and break the formality of things from my perspective and be more present / in the moment.

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Lmao I love this.

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What’s 49x73. Do it in your head no paper no calculator. Explain how you are doing it.

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I had a question like this and they pressed me to answer they were like ok just try and I was like.... 😰

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How it felt growing up on a reservation 🙄

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Jfc ridiculous

If you were a utensil, what would you be and why?

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The only right answer is the Gem of the Orient knife. You’ll have to pay a lot for me.

“How would you describe that painting on the wall to a blind person?”

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Hopefully you did not walk over to it, stumble into the table and touch the painting.

“Are your parents still married?”

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I had this too!

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Can I touch your hair? Where are you from? But no like, where are you FROM from?

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WTF!!!!!

I always hated "What questions should I be asking you?"

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“When can you start?”

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If you were a tree, what kind would you be? Answer: willow, because I’m flexible in the face of challenges like strong winds, but I stand my ground and sink my roots deep, which shows in how zealously I advocate for my clients and how loyal I am to my firm.

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“Are you married?” Apparently he wanted to know my “outside commitments.” This would be illegal in most western countries but this was for Asia.

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Same here. Since I answered “yes” the follow up question was “what does she do?”

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So you know there isn’t a job right? This was for on campus interviews in 2010 and the attorney’s firm had pulled all the job slots but sent him as a sign of respect instead of saving everyone’s time.

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What was your SAT score...during OCI in law school 🤣🙄

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I was (22 at the time) and I look young, but it's still a weird question!

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“If you had to die by eating 100,000 ants, or being eaten by 100,000 ants, which would you choose, and why?”

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But why?

My grad school GPA...5 years after graduating and with 10+ years total work experience. Bruh I honestly don’t remember my GPA.

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Such a ridiculous question. Even law school gpa after years of practice is irrelevant

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I’m not sure if it’s the most ridiculous, but it cracks me up when someone asks you, what compensation are you looking for? It’s such a crap question and I pretty much refuse to answer it other than saying “it depends.” How about you determine whether you want to make me an offer and then, if the answer is yes, offer me what you think I’m worth? If it’s not in the ballpark, I’ll let you know.

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I should add that it isn’t a trick question. We pay them to our dcsle regardless.

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“Can you just keep talking? I like southern accents.” At a firm in NYC 🤔

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“What Disney character would you be and why?”

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This would be a fun one in a lower-stress context.

Not a question but I've twice had drink orders at a get to know you dinner be a secret test of character.

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Stuff like this is why I switched to cannabis. I wouldn’t feel comfortable ordering anything more than a beer at a work-related thing, but probably because I have a special (discreet) vape in my pocket that keeps my head clear but relaxed.

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On site role's biggest perk is a 9 to 5 commitment

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Aaaand thats why I kept negotiating my employment contract to have an exit clause in case SPG gets acquired...#priorities

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That time you were already staffed 60 hours and you get an email from the staffing manager.... Can I curl up in the fetile position and say goodbye to the minimal social life I have?

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What does everyone want to do after consulting? Role/company to make it interesting, not "industry".

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Know we just had a thread on this but: What's your ideal S/T exit opp and corresponding exit strategy. Asking for a friend.

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Vote on top exit opp:

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Saw some interesting McKinsey cyber reqs for McKinsey digital labs...anybody know if that's actual consulting work or a consulting support role?

When you're dressed like a bum and an AA gold tries to check you for boarding position. Oh wait I got upgraded and you didn't.

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Two Title text boxes are ever so slightly off - halp! They are the exact same size and position wtf

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Eternal struggle on shuttle flights: 2A or exit row?

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