EP 960 Another stupid job interview question and how not to answer it.
This is another stupid interview question that firms sometimes asked. I want to just show you some of the traps within it. I'm not going to give you are right answer. I will point out some the things a firm can identify from your answer.
With this, I will start off by saying, I am not a Star Wars fan. The fact I am not a fan, if I said this on an interview with reveal something about me.
"So, what Star Wars character are you?"
"I don't really enjoy Star Wars. I was frankly bored by the 1st 3 movies and I gave up on the series." What does that say? Nonconformist! I don't play along with everyone! I may not be particularly social. So, there is something reviewing in there.
If you choose to answer it in that way, you basically have to say, "and I understand you may thus see me as being nonconformist. Frankly, I am. I can work with teams. I can work with others. But if you want someone who's going to say yes to everything that you say, I'm probably not the right person for you because, I think you want someone who can see the holes and ideas and help you be successful."That becomes the follow-up answer.
However, if you are a fan, pause for a second and ask yourself, "what does the job require review and what attributes does that character matchup with?" You can kind of stumble around between 2 characters and then settle on the one that seems to fit the role best.
But, at the end of the day, what you've really learned this is stupid this employers to think that this should be a benchmark for how to evaluate someone. At the end of the day, what you know, what your potential is, is far more important than what Star Wars character you are like and how they project those personality attributes onto you and how you would fit into the stupid organization.
Play along. You've learned something. Maybe, it's later on, when you talk with them, they will tell you why they tend to use that question or maybe When you get to the part of the interview with a know if you have any questions for them, you ask a typical questions (at least the typical if you're not following my advice about what questions you should be asking), toward the end when they ask you, "So, is there anything else," you can ask them, "So, I'm a little curious. What did you hope to find out about me by asking the Star Wars question?" Leave it to them to explain their logic system for doing it.
After all, the probability is you're not real interesting firm that thinks that is a benchmark for being hired as opposed to what your capabilities are, what you track record has been and how you can help them achieve what they want to achieve.
Estimate the question later on in the conversation and make them defend the question.
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