Recruiting and Staffing

When It Comes to Interviewing, Are You as Smart as a Kindergartner?

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Lately, a lot has been written about the trick questions sometimes used in the interview process. So, let’s have a little fun today.

Try your luck on the following questions:

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross, but it is used by crocodiles and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn from your mistakes.

According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90 percent of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct. Anderson says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals do not have the brains of a 4-year-old.

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.
  • Kcharles

    This is really old stuff. I’ve had this for years!