Obviously this is a possibility for your opening question only. The rationale behind this abrupt interview start is that it’s surprising enough and nebulous enough to show you how a potential new hire deals with uncertainty and the unexpected. Richard Funess explains his question best:
“It’s a question that asks for a creative response. It’s an invitation to the candidate to play the game and see where it goes without worrying about the right answer. By playing along, it tells me a lot about the character, imagination, and inventiveness of the person. The question, as obtuse as it might sound to the interviewee, is the beginning of a story, and in today’s world of selling oneself, or one’s company, it’s the ability to tell a story and create a feeling that sells the brand–whether it’s a product or a person.
Source: This great compilation from INC Online about revealing interview questions
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