The following is not word for word, it’s just how I remember a piece of my interview happening this morning. I don’t think that I have, ever in my life, experienced job interview questions so difficult as I had this morning.
Interviewer: So Vee (my full name was used), I’m going to give you hypothetical scenario and I want you to tell me what you would do in this scenario.
Me: Sounds great, I am ready.
Interviewer: You’ve been involved in a car accident. While you were extremely lucky and walked away from the crash unscathed, there is both a family member in your vehicle and a young child in the other vehicle that are in desperate need of medical attention, and your immediate help prior to paramedics being able to get there. Who do you help first? Please explain the reasoning for your answer.
Long pause for me to think about it.
Me: Is there an adult in the other vehicle to help the young child?
Interviewer: The adult in the other vehicle is safe, stable, but pinned in the drivers seat and will need help from firefighters to be removed from the car.
Me: How severe are each of their injuries?
Interviewer: You don’t know. All you know is that they both need help and there’s two of them and one of you.
Me: I’d help the child. I’d run to the child. As much as I love my family, I’d help the child until the paramedics arrive. If I don’t know how injured either of them are, and just know that they need help, I’d operate under the thought that my family member, being a grown adult, can hold on longer and deal with the pain and stress longer than that of a small child. Id think that a grown adult has a stronger heart and organs that can handle more stress and that if they’re conscious or not, they can deal with it better than that of a small child.
Interviewer: That’s a great answer. Thank you for providing your reasoning. Now tell me, would that answer change if your family member was also a young child?
Me: Wow, you’re hitting me with the hard questions today.
Interviewer: I get that a lot. I find that, even under a hypothetical scenario, people can still feel somewhat stressed about the answer to questions like these, so I get to test a candidate’s critical thinking ability, understand the the train of thought based on their reasoning and test how they handle stress.
Me: If my family member was also a small child and I was unable to tell which child’s injuries were worse, I’d help him/her first.
I was not interviewing to be a paramedic, a first responder, or anything related to the medical industry whatsoever. Actually, I was interviewing for a Marketing position. A position that would have me sitting in a desk, in an office, in a sky-rise in the middle of the city.
I was shocked at the extent of the questions that I was asked. It was both refreshing and scary to be asked questions so far out of the norm. Throughout this year I’ve done interview after interview in which they all ask the same questions again… almost as if they’ve googled job interview questions and they’re all reading from the first page that popped up on google. I liked the fact that she was asking different questions, but I was also worrisome that I was answering incorrectly.
I hope that she liked my answers. I hope that she understood them. As I’m not a paramedic, I’m really not sure how you’re supposed to answer questions like these. Is there a right answer? Because to me, it doesn’t seem like any answer is the right answer. If you’re not qualified to know who’s injuries are worse and who’s injuries need attention first, you just do what you do and you do all that you can do.
I think the interview this morning went really well. I’m hopeful. I don’t like talking about when I get my hopes up because, if 2019 has proven anything, it’s that when I get my hopes up, they get knocked down twice as hard. That being said, I’ll say it anyway. I’m hopeful.