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Category Manager was asked...15 February 2019

Would you like to be a racecar driver?

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No.

No

No

Jet

Why Jet?

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To utilize my skills in a perfect place

To

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Colgate-Palmolive

HR person surprised me when asking if I had my presentation ready when she took me to the interview room. I asked her what she was talking about, and she said her email had advised me that I'd need to create and present an catman example to my interviewers, and that I was supposed to have hard copies for them. (I subsequently checked my emails, and confirmed that there was no mention of a presentation). After the interviews, she told me that she double checked her records, and that this position did not require a presentation.

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That sounds like a mind game.

I have heard that before.. lot of companies like to throw you a curve just to see how you will respond… Less

My response to the HR person was that I'd not noticed anything in her email about a presentation, and that I could talk about anything they wanted based on my experience. I think the purpose of the question was to see how candidates respond under stress, and how easily they can rebound. The key is to not miss a beat or get flustered. Less

eBay

This is a similar type of question: At 10:00 AM train A left the station and an hour later train B left the same station on a parallel track. If train A traveled at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour and train B at 80 miles per hour, then at what time did train B pass train A?

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For sure I got it wrong! (I think they want to see how you behave under stress)

The answer will be 2:00 pm. 80 t = 60 ( t + 1) t - number of hours till B will catch the A train It will take the B train 3 hours to catch the A train. But because the train B started one hour later (11 am), the time will be 2 pm Less

Victoria's Secret

I never really had any difficult questions unless but one I found hard was about labor laws, and how the breaks are given. For example "If I work 5 hours what is my break supposed to be?" no manager had any real calrification.

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In Michigan it is supposed to be a half an hour anything under 4 hours is 15 minutes. Less

If someone works 5 hours it's a mandatory 30 min break

Campbell Soup Company

Pretty standard behavioral questions for the role. Most unexpected (and, in my opinion, most inappropriate) questions "What did your father do for a living?" followed by "and what about mom?"

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I was a little shocked at the irrelevancy of the question about my parents given my 20+ year work history. After that question, I decided I would not want to work for the organization or this team in any case, but politely completed the interview process. These interviewers could greatly benefit from a class in behavioral based interviewing, understanding appropriate interview questions, and allowing the candidate to finish the answers before interrupting. Less

Given your 20+ work history, it's surprising you were asked this question. I've known this to be a typical question for someone with less experience. The reasoning I've always heard for asking this question is that it's surprising how many people actually don't know and understand what their parents work entails. Depending on how in detail you can discuss the profession, it is supposed to indicate how inquisitive you are. I've heard of a few I-Banks and consulting companies will ask, though its usually because they're looking to see if you were handed everything or if you actually had to work for what you wanted. (Though I would argue successful parents doesn't always equate to children who have never worked.) Less

Conagra Brands

None were difficult or unexpected. Very standard questions were asking to gain a better insight into my experiences and personality.

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Was the drug test a hair or urine?

ConAgra does hair follicle tests.

West Marine

Do you smoke? (HR question)

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No.

Not Allowed to ask that question...

US Foods

Asked a difficult math question and gave me time to work it out.

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What was the question?

Followed logical steps to work out the answer - they were looking more at the problem solving process than an actual correct answer. Less

Urban Company

2000 jobs need to be done in 30 days how many technicians required for same? how you will balance high flow of jobs on Saturday and Sunday + we need to take care about technicians too, if they will not get 3 jobs per day then they will not continue with us as a partner how you will fulfill that.

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66 jobs per day need to be done 22 technician require if one completes 3 jobs per day (Job mean repairing or servicing) average is 22 but on Saturday and Sunday flow is high so here my answer fall between 35-40 Technician I will require for my region, few will not work on Sunday, few will take leave, so on an average it will require more 14-15 technician in addition. Less

The problem statement does not state that if the technicians do not get 3 jobs everyday they will quit as partners but states that they should get 3 jobs per day. Assumption 1- All technicians are regular and in good health and do not take any leaves in the month. Assumption 2- For easy calculations let's take the jobs to be done in 30 days to be 2001. Assumption 3- The technicians want an average of 3 jobs per day in entire month and not daily. If we distribute the job to be done in a week, it comes out to be 466.9( (2001*7)/30). Assumption 4 - For the sake of easy calculations rounding 466.9 to 468 jobs per week. Assumption5- The weekends contribute more to the revenue than the weekends as per problem statement which states there's a high flow over the weekends hence assuming 60% of business comes from weekends and 40% over the weekdays. Jobs to be completed over weekend- 0.4*468=187.2(rounding to 188) Jobs to be completed over weekdays- 280(468-188) As per regular calculations the no. of technician comes out to be 22.8(rounding to 23). Assumption 6- An average job takes around 1.5 hours in a day and technicians can do roughly 6-7 jobs(9-10.5 hours) over the weekend. During high work flow(weekends) the technicians who did not get an average of 3 jobs in a day would make it up over the weekends with more no. of jobs, hence maintaining the average to 3 jobs per day. On weekdays, every technician will get at-most 2 jobs while on the weekends they will get the remaining jobs to take their average work per day to 3. Less

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