Last week, I interviewed for a mid-level programmer position. It ended up being the strangest interview of my life. I won't name the company, but it was not a startup and was full of people who have been in the industry for a while.
The first few questions were all negative, such as:
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your biggest mistake?
- How often do you feel like a failure.
Then they got just plain bizarre. I'm completely serious; I was asked:
- If Buzz Lightyear doesn't know he's a toy, why does he freeze when Andy enters the room?
- If you had to be racist, who would you be racist against?
- How many donuts do you think I can eat in one sitting?
- If you found out that I could eat more donuts than you, would you feel threatened?
Every time they would ask these strange questions, I would laugh. But they would just look at me with a serious look and not even smile in the slightest. There was no questions about my experience, programming skills, strengths, interests, etc. They left me a whole 2 minutes to ask my own questions, so I thought to myself "WTF is wrong with these people?" and just said "forget it", and left.
Yesterday, I got a call from the recruiter saying I got the job. The salary is about $25k more than I was expecting. I was speechless and said I'd have to think about it.
I'm tempted to take the job, because I'm unemployed and have had trouble finding something for a while. But I have absolutely no idea what to make of this interview. Were they just messing with me to see how I'd react? Or are these people just crazy? What am I to make of this interview? Is this a real interview tactic, like seeing how I'd respond to odd questions?