The peeler and the broken coffee maker

Throughout my career I have been part of many interviews. Although I have been the interviewee a few times I have been the interviewer far more often.

Over the years I learned from others with better skills, research questions and generally read up on the process, it’s success and failures and how to avoid the latter.

One of the great articles I read on the topic was from a CIO whose stance was “you’re going to make mistakes in hiring, accept it, correct it and move on”. To be clear accepting the mistake in this case means don’t linger too long and find someone else.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

Today I want to talk about two interview questions I’ve come up with over the years for mostly technical positions. If anyone recognizes these from another source, apologies for the plagiarism and great minds must think alike.

What are those two questions?

  • A broken coffee maker
  • A dysfunctional peeler.

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