Maybe these things amuse me more than they do others because I happened to be born and raised in Silicon Valley, where strange interview questions are common, but Information Week has sixteen interview questions that are particularly stupid — so stupid that I would also be tempted to provide sarcastic answers that would bomb the interview. This might explain why I don’t have a real job. Numbers 2, 14, and 15 are particularly travel related:
(2) ”How lucky are you and why?” — Airbnb, Content Manager interview.
Luckier than EJ, that woman in San Francisco who rented her apartment out through Airbnb and was subsequently robbed.
(14) ”It’s Thursday; we’re staffing you on a telecommunications project in Calgary, Canada on Monday. Your flight and hotel are booked; your visa is ready. What are the top five things you do before you leave?” — ThoughtWorks, Junior Consultant interview.
Inquire why I have a visa, which is unnecessary for a US citizen visiting Canada, but not a work permit. Then identify the client, the project goals, whether a car will be required, and whether Internet access is available at the hotel and on-site.
(15) ”Describe to me the process and benefits of wearing a seatbelt.” — Active Network, Client Applications Specialist interview.
When the seat belt sign illuminates, you must fasten your seat belt. To do so, insert the metal tip into the buckle and adjust the strap so it’s low and tight across your lap. To release the belt, lift the top of the buckle. Remain seated, with the seat belt fastened, any time the seat belt sign is on.