Slug: best-interview-questions-ever Date: 2003-05-30 Title: Best… Interview… Questions… Ever!! layout: post

Ok, so I've been working on getting an interview with a web/IT company in So. Cal. Today I got an email from one of their staff, with a first round of questions.

quote Alright… let's test your mettle…

REM for $100:
Michael Stipe wears this during live performances to help him deal with stage fright.

Cheeses of Europe for $300:
Named after a town in Yorkshire, England, this cheese is most famous for being a favorite to the UK claymation characters Wallace and Gromit.

Scripting Languages for $200:
Often referred to as "LISP for dummies," this scripting language's three letter name is a homonym for an action that produces laughter.

All things Macintosh for $500:
This computer manufacturer, known for creating supercomputers, did all of its design work on Apple computers.

The History of XML for $300:
In January of 2000, this SGML-based language was finally formally specified in XML by the W3C. endquote

Now, you have to know that on my online resume, I have a list of my 7 Dream Jeopardy Categories, inspired by same in the incredible Douglas Coupland book, Microserfs.

quote 7 Dream Jeopardy Categories

  1. The Writable Web
  2. R.E.M.
  3. Scripting Languages
  4. The History of XML
  5. National Geographic
  6. All things Macintosh
  7. Cheeses Of Europe

endquote

The answers, you ask? Well, ok.

  • He actually had me stumped on the first question, and being a big R.E.M. fan I'm eternally ashamed I don't know the answer. But then again, neither does Google, so I don't feel too bad.
  • What is Cheddar? (Wrong, it's Wensleydale. Dang. But it's a trick question - England is not Europe. smile)
  • What is TCL?
  • What is Cray Computers? (Possibly apocraphal)
  • What is (X)HTML?

If the rest of the interview process is this entertaining, I'm gonna love working for this company!!