I had an interview for an IT position with the government and it had some very bizarre questions:
- list components of software and hardware (do you just want a random list?)
- define spam and firmware (I can see this one but how long of a definition are you looking for i.e. just a sentence?)
- list common IT problems (this is subjective depending on the work place. Would it make sense to ask a developer "what problems do you face as a developer" when he's applying to a new company and doesn't know which tools they use yet. For example if I worked at a software lab maybe the common problems would have to do with IDEs, but I don't know if I will be supporting software developers in this job so...)
- Give an explicit story of working with someone difficult and what you did (I've heard of this but they kept asking for personal details which made me uncomfortable, like what exactly the other person said that was offensive)
- an employee reported difficulty with a program that he installed by himself. What do you do? (this has a lot of variables: is it against policy for a user to install a program himself? was he told to do so by his boss? is the program pirated? does the company have licences for the program? does the program appear to be for work or for recreation?)
A lot of these questions needed more information than what was given but when I asked they didn't specify much. For example the first one seemed like they just wanted me to list random hardware and software and when I asked to clarify they said "what parts are needed for a computer to run".
Also the last question I tried to answer in general but they kept asking for give specific details. I felt uncomfortable about this, for example didn't want to say the actual swear words used etc.
How should I have responded to such questions? After I gave a description they kept saying "anything else?" did that mean I should've kept adding more? All but one time they only asked "anything else?" once but the one time they asked it like 5 times.