Hey all! What are some of the best stories you have about great/clever/funny answers to "loaded" interview questions? The stories don't have to be related to tech or even about you. But let's laugh and tell some stories you've heard (or been apart of on either side of the table) about our favorite answers to near-enough pointless questions like: "Would you consider this your dream job?", "Do you see yourself retiring here?", and other gems that even interviewers don't really get the point of asking. To be fair, I'll start with my favorite.
My father worked for FedEx for 42 years and just retired last year (SO PROUD OF YOU DAD!!!). In the early days of this company that has since received "utility" status, the company struggled mightily to keep from going under. For that reason, they sought to hire the absolute best salespeople they could find. One of these candidates was a good friend of my dad's.
In walks this 20-something candidate to interview with the top brass at a young Federal Express. They grilled him on sales for well over an hour and liked what they heard. Near the end, the second-in-command of the company, who had flown from Memphis to oversee interviews pointedly asked: "Would you say that this would be your dream job should you be hired?".
Without a moment's hesitation he replied, "Heaven's, no! Short-reliever for the Red Sox." (For those who don't know, a short-relief pitcher works about 2-3 hours/wk during the baseball season and is one of the highest-paid players on the roster)
The table of executives smirked, conferred with each-other, and hired him on the spot. He retired from the company a Senior VP 30 years later.