I've sat in on a lot of job interviews, as an applicant and as an interviewer. Both parties in this process are usually well rehearsed, and on their best behavior - they've been there, done that. Applicants want to make a great impression, the interviewer wants to represent themselves and their company as being awesome. It is all a bit of theater. Nobody is THAT nice and THAT smart and THAT polite, certainly not all the time. Unless you are Alexa, and she already has a pretty solid gig.

Here are some applicant questions that can help cut through that "first date best behavior" veneer. I love these questions because a) I came up with them and b) they almost always get some kind of "I've never heard that one before" or "I have to think about that one" response. That's the idea! These questions force the applicant to think through the options - and pitfalls - of their answer.

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