The following took place during an interview for a graduate technology position at a global bank…
What the interviewer said
It was the final interview round and I had answered a lot of the technical questions quite well. I think perhaps the lead interviewer sensed that I was becoming too confident and he tried to throw a curve ball by saying at the very end of the interview: “Tell us how good you are.”
The candidate’s reply
I was put onto the back foot for a moment and answered “where do I start?”. It got a laugh from all three interviewers and seemed to show that I had a sense of humour. I got the job
How he would have responded in hindsight
It was a throw-away remark to see how I coped with something unorthodox. I answered with humour, and in hindsight I would do so again, possibly with exactly the same response. Every time I interview someone for a job now I think about asking the same question but strangely never do.
How would YOU have answered?
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