Well not really odd. I’ve been interviewing for a few jobs and on two occasions the questions were remarkably similar to each other. Instead of asking about my technical skills and experience it was:
Tell me about a time you were unable to make a deadline.
Tell me about an incident where you could not satisfy a clients’ request.
Give me a specific case where you had a conflict and how did this get resolved.
Both companies went out of their way to indicate they were looking for “specific” examples (the word “specific” was so often and emphatically expressed that it was obvious to me that it was part of a script).
So it is also obvious that these two companies have bought into the same “how to invterview a prospective employee” program. I’ve also been able to get out of them that they went through some “training” on interviewing…another hallmark of a specific program.
My questions are: what is this program? What kind of meaning do they get from the answers provided by these questions (if any)? and What would be “best” answers for such questions, just in case I run into them again?
I doubt that they can accurately draw “IF the prospective employee says this; THEN it means that” but I wouldn’t put it past some non-rigourous non-scientific organization selling the program to make such claims.
For what its worth; one position is a technical expert sort and the other is a project manager sort. Both would have no one reporting to them, but would “interface” with client companies on a regular basis.