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Post  Mona Fri May 13, 2011 2:18 pm

Job Interview Questions
haymoni - Feb 8, 2006 7:44 am
Edited by Kip Carter May 2, 2006 12:25 am
As we are looking for things to do before the GOF DVD is released, Book 7 comes out and Movie 5 is in theaters, I thought I'd start a thread for just for fun.

We have an opening for a safety person in our department and besides wanting to know if the candidate is actually qualified for the job, we'd like to know a few other things. The following are some questions we plan on asking the final candidate - I don't think any of them are illegal, but as they were suggested by a member of our Prosecutor's Office, I think they might be OK.

Would you be in favor of establishing a hospital wing on the sixth floor that dispenses chocolate for its medicinal properties?

Would you describe your approach to safety/loss control as more of a seeker, beater, chaser, or keeper? Why?

What would you recommend as the safest form of transportation for our employees? a) drive a sensible car, b) motorcycle, (flying, of course) c) hippogriff, d) floo powder, e) Firebolt

If you were to look into the mirror of Erised, what would you see?

Snape & Lily: Friends? Classmates? Star-crossed teenage lovers?

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of SPEW?

According to your closest friends, which of the following would best describe you? Gryffindor? Slytherin? Hufflepuff? Ravenclaw?

Assume for purposes of argument that you split your soul seven times in an effort to evade death. Where would you hide a horcrux?

Snape: Guilty, scum-sucking traitor? – OR – Quiet hero following orders?

Have you ever closed a workers’ compensation file by stamping it, “Mischief Managed”?

Any others we should ask?

haymoni is wise in recognizing some of the challenges that we, as Harry Potter fans, will face over the next year or so and felt that having a thread to provide an additional outlet for discussion would help. Normally I would suggest that this thread be moved to the Harry Potter Lexicon FanFiction Forum being that the new "safety person" is not a part of the Harry Potter books; however until a better way is found to bridge this gap of "what to do", this thread will remain on the Lexicon Forum. - Kip
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Choices - Feb 8, 2006 11:26 am (#1 of 95)
If you received invitations from both Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort asking you to join their group, which one would you accept and why?

If you were asked to be the Secret Keeper for your office location, how many people do you estimate would find their way to it?

zelmia - Feb 8, 2006 1:57 pm (#2 of 95)

Please describe any experience you may have had working with creatures that other people generally consider to be "monsters".

If you were an Animagus, what animal would you:
A) be most likely to become
B) wish you would become?

If you had a Time Turner that you could use to go back only one hour what, if anything, would you attempt to change?

You come across a store that sells discount magic wands. However the reason these wands are discounted is because each of them only allows you to perform three spells. Since you cannot perform magic at all without a wand, which spells would you want your wand to be able to do?

haymoni - Feb 8, 2006 2:19 pm (#3 of 95)
What do you see J.K. Rowling doing in 5 years?

If you could create a 5th house at Hogwarts, what would it be called and what characteristic would define it?

Geber - Feb 8, 2006 7:54 pm (#4 of 95)
Can you see your way clear to not inspecting our staircases too closely?

Madame Librarian - Feb 8, 2006 9:21 pm (#5 of 95)
Have you ever tried Bertie Botts All-Flavour Beans?

If yes, what was the worst flavour you tasted? Did you spit it out or swallow it?

What was your favourite?

Ciao. Barb

Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 8, 2006 9:28 pm (#6 of 95)
Haymoni, I can answer your question.

If a fifth house were to be added to Hogwarts I would call it Dumbledore. The house symbol would be a phoenix and it would take students whose characters are a melding of the other four houses.

haymoni - Feb 9, 2006 6:55 am (#7 of 95)
What is the difference between a werewolf and an Animagus?

Do you know how to make a portable swamp disappear?

If an employee were to smash one of our company vehicles into a willow tree, would you issue a written warning for their file or would you terminate them immediately?

Choices - Feb 9, 2006 10:35 am (#8 of 95)
Have you ever been attacked by a really hostile tree? Which suffered more damaged....the tree or you?

If you could, would you ride a broom to work or apparate? Either way, would you need to utilize the company landing pad?

Elanor - Feb 9, 2006 10:45 am (#9 of 95)
Would you be able to tell what the Aconite's two other names are?

What would you do if a stranger would give you a dragon egg?

Would you be ready to eat a pound of doxy eggs for a bet?

What do the words Quintessence, Nicolas Flamel and Paracelsus evoke you?

Puck - Feb 9, 2006 8:53 pm (#10 of 95)
What form does your patronus take?

Mediwitch - Feb 9, 2006 9:07 pm (#11 of 95)
Do you own AND wear any HP paraphernalia?

How many hours per day/week do you spend on the Lexicon?

Can you describe the function of a bezoar? Where would you find one?

Have you ever been prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat?

zelmia - Feb 9, 2006 9:40 pm (#12 of 95)
If the person CAN describe the function of a bezoar, I'd like to know what it is as well.

Madam Pince - Feb 10, 2006 2:42 pm (#13 of 95)
It protects you from most poisons, doesn't it?

(Not that I'm applying for the job...)

How about this for a question: "Richard Harris or Michael Gambon?"

Mediwitch - Feb 10, 2006 9:42 pm (#14 of 95)
Zelmia -

From the Lexicon Encyclopedia of Potions:

bezoar(PS8, GF22) A shriveled, kidneylike "stone" (HBP18) that comes from the stomach of a goat, protects from most poisons (PS8). Actually a bezoar isn't a stone per se, but a hairball that looks something like a stone; in legend bezoars are indeed supposed to have the properties attributed to them by JKR.

(italics added)

Madam Pince - Feb 11, 2006 10:08 am (#15 of 95)
"Was the major death in the HBP real?"

zelmia - Feb 11, 2006 3:53 pm (#16 of 95)
Thanks for the info on the Bezoar.

Good Evans - Feb 15, 2006 1:27 am (#17 of 95)
where would you prefer to drink?

The Hogs Head, The Three Broomsticks, The Leaky Cauldron, or Florean Fortescues Ice Cream Parlour (assuming it reopens)

Phelim Mcintyre - Feb 15, 2006 1:57 am (#18 of 95)
Snape: guilty or not guilty

zelmia - Feb 15, 2006 10:09 am (#19 of 95)
Will the person get the job if they think Snape is guilty?

Phelim Mcintyre - Feb 15, 2006 11:43 am (#20 of 95)
Depends who asked it Wink

I've just read a book about youth work that states that the one question you should never ask is "what do you want on your pizza?" The vegitarians and meat eaters will gather into oppossing factions. Then there are the just cheese lot, the nothing spicey brigade. And then there is the one that just likes the type with pineapple. I think the Snape question is like this.

So something a bit more appropriate: firewhisky, butterbear or gilleywater? To which I guess the answer is mulled mead.

haymoni - Feb 15, 2006 12:14 pm (#21 of 95)
If the person can adequately defend their position that they think Snape is guilty, I will still hire them.

Phelim Mcintyre - Feb 15, 2006 12:27 pm (#22 of 95)
Similarly Haymoni - I would hire someone who could adequately defend their position of Snape as not guilty. I would also be interested if they could argue that Snape was guilty of manslaughter or a mercy killing not neccessarily (1st degree) murder. As long as they had an educated reason and arguement then a difference of opinions should not be a problem.

Veritaserum - Feb 16, 2006 9:37 pm (#23 of 95)
Well, if they could put together a well-presented argument either way I would consider them Potter-literate enough to be worthy.

haymoni - Feb 17, 2006 7:11 am (#24 of 95)
As a Safety Expert, do the moving staircases at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry concern you? What about the missing step?

Veritaserum - Feb 17, 2006 10:54 am (#25 of 95)
What would you choose as the password to your office and why?

Aqualu Nifey - Feb 19, 2006 5:49 pm (#26 of 95)
What would you do with an invisibility cloak?

Finn BV - Feb 20, 2006 4:46 pm (#27 of 95)
How thick do you believe cauldron bottoms really should be? Would you quit the firm if we disagreed with you?

Holly T. - Feb 20, 2006 5:03 pm (#28 of 95)
These are hilarious! I sent them to my husband, who used to work in risk management, so he particularly liked the ones dealing with that.

Nathan Zimmermann - Feb 20, 2006 8:50 pm (#29 of 95)
Do you think a cheese cauldron is a feasible idea, if so why?

haymoni - Feb 21, 2006 8:29 am (#30 of 95)
I just want the chocolate.

Phelim Mcintyre - Feb 21, 2006 9:34 am (#31 of 95)
Zonko or Wealeys' Wizard Wheezes?

Veritaserum - Feb 21, 2006 3:36 pm (#32 of 95)
What is your favorite Honeyduke's treat?

haymoni - Feb 22, 2006 10:22 am (#33 of 95)
And can you bring some in for all of us to share????

M A Grimmett - Feb 22, 2006 12:39 pm (#34 of 95)
Do you feel there should be an aptitude test before learners are permitted to be on broomsticks?

Veritaserum - Feb 22, 2006 5:18 pm (#35 of 95)
In what way have the goblin rebellions of the past affected the present Wizarding political situation?

How do you feel about House Elf rights?

Elanor - Feb 24, 2006 6:48 am (#36 of 95)
Do you know what D.I.G.S. stands for?

Aqualu Nifey - Feb 26, 2006 2:26 pm (#37 of 95)
For how long have you been a member of S.P.E.W.?

Esther Rose - Feb 27, 2006 10:03 am (#38 of 95)
Have you ever made or do you intend to make an unbreakable vow that may interfere with your performance here?

haymoni - Feb 27, 2006 10:13 am (#39 of 95)
That's a good one, Esther Rose!

We have hired our Safety Person and I am very sad to say that she has not read the books.

She's a great safety person though!

However, she seems more than willing to join our little cult - I mean clique - of employees who are HP fanatics, so there is hope for her yet!!

Elanor - Feb 27, 2006 10:29 am (#40 of 95)
What do the words "Rotfang Conspiracy" evoke you?

Steve Newton - Feb 27, 2006 10:30 am (#41 of 95)
Would you like to see where we will mount your head?

haymoni - Feb 27, 2006 10:38 am (#42 of 95)
LOL, Steve - too funny!!!

I am actually crying!!!

Steve Newton - Feb 27, 2006 11:10 am (#43 of 95)
I am both proud and humble.

Edited to include some semblance of conventional spelling.

Puck - Feb 27, 2006 11:19 am (#44 of 95)

cough cough choke cough*

I have learned not to drink while reading here, but now know not to eat, either. Almost choked on my apple. Thanks, Steve!

John Bumbledore - Feb 27, 2006 10:15 pm (#45 of 95)
Who used the initials R.A.B. and where do you think the real locket is now?

How many awards have you collected in your scrapbook on J.K.Rowling's official web site.

How many door openings have you worked through on your own?

How many signed copies of Harry Potter books have you bought on eBay?

Steve, you're scary. LOL I laughed so hard I cried.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

septentrion - Mar 1, 2006 12:00 pm (#46 of 95)
would you be able to communicate with merpeople, goblins, centaurs, giants and werewolves efficiently ? separatly or with several species in the same time ?

What do you think of the safety measures to contain dragons during the triwizard tournaments ? If you had been in charge, what would you have done ?

Do you require a floo connection your office ?

I'm sure I can come with some more later.

Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 2, 2006 2:08 am (#47 of 95)
What would be your first line of defence against unwanted intruders - Goblet of Fire, Order or the Phoenix or Half Blood Prince (hardback of course).

Elanor - Mar 2, 2006 2:21 pm (#48 of 95)
Have you ever been attacked by dustbins?

Did your dustbins then ever tear anyone's arm off?

Esther Rose - Mar 2, 2006 2:24 pm (#49 of 95)
Do you have a habit of stroking the spines of toothy textbooks?

Veritaserum - Mar 2, 2006 3:14 pm (#50 of 95)
Would you rather have a pet flobberworm or Blast-Ended Skrewt?
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Mediwitch - Mar 2, 2006 3:31 pm (#51 of 95)
Can you cast an adequate shield charm or do you need to use a shield hat or cloak?

Choices - Mar 2, 2006 7:08 pm (#52 of 95)
Is your car equipped with an invisibility booster?

Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 3, 2006 2:14 am (#53 of 95)
Can your car (or motorcycle) fly?

Good Evans - Mar 3, 2006 3:25 pm (#54 of 95)
which if any of these adaptations would the office need to make for you?

provision of remembrall?

broomstick rack?

foe glass?

Madam Pince - Mar 5, 2006 10:58 pm (#55 of 95)
I don't have a real Job Interview Question to make this a valid post, but I couldn't let that pass:

Oh, bravo, Steve!!! Best one ever!!! Hysterical!

Steve Newton - Mar 6, 2006 4:25 pm (#56 of 95)
Thank you. I have my moments.

Mediwitch - Mar 6, 2006 6:16 pm (#57 of 95)
Have you ever been a member of the Slug Club?

Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 7, 2006 3:33 am (#58 of 95)
What would you do if the numbers on your galleon changed?

Veritaserum - Mar 7, 2006 2:51 pm (#59 of 95)
Please show us the inside of your left forearm.

septentrion - Mar 8, 2006 12:44 pm (#60 of 95)
which position would you choose : DADA teacher or headmaster ?

Nathan Zimmermann - Mar 8, 2006 1:15 pm (#61 of 95)
Is Muggle Studies a necessary course of studdy while, in school?

Elanor - Mar 8, 2006 11:06 pm (#62 of 95)
What newspaper do you usually read: the Quibbler or the Daily Prophet?

Madame Pomfrey - Mar 23, 2006 1:05 pm (#63 of 95)
This is the first time I've read this thread and what an amusing one it is! LoL Veritaserum

geauxtigers - Mar 24, 2006 3:33 pm (#64 of 95)
Have you ever randomly fainted, puked, had a nosebleed or developed a high fever?

virginiaelizabeth - Mar 24, 2006 3:56 pm (#65 of 95)

Do you own any quills that are out of the ordinary? Quick Quotes, spell check, those used for cheating, or those that use your blood as ink?

Veritaserum - Mar 24, 2006 4:13 pm (#66 of 95)
Haha, virginiaelizabeth!

haymoni - Mar 24, 2006 8:20 pm (#67 of 95)
geauxtigers [/b]- Maybe your question should be changed to:

Have you ever INTENTIONALLY fainted,....

Puck - Mar 24, 2006 8:28 pm (#68 of 95)
Would you know an Earwax flavored jellybean if you tasted one?

Magic Words - Mar 24, 2006 9:11 pm (#69 of 95)
Under what circumstances, if any, would you agree to an Unbreakable Vow without knowing exactly what you're vowing to do?

Veritaserum, I like the one about the left forearm.

geauxtigers - Mar 24, 2006 10:33 pm (#70 of 95)
Good one Virginia! and Puck! Yes, that is better Haymoni...

Correction*, have you ever intentionally faited, puked, had a nosebleed, or developed a high fever?

geauxtigers - Mar 27, 2006 9:49 pm (#71 of 95)
Have you ever attempted to repair someone's broken arm? Were there still bones in the arm when you finished?

virginiaelizabeth - Mar 27, 2006 10:38 pm (#72 of 95)
Have you ever made polyjuice potion before, and do you ever plan on making some and using it?

Would you be willing to sit in a room for a least an hour with nothing to eat or drink, while being supervised by a trained prfessional?

geauxtigers: it seems we have something in common(both LSU fans!!)

Veritaserum - Mar 28, 2006 3:27 pm (#73 of 95)
The interviewer takes out his marauder's map to make sure the interviewee isn't giving a false name.

geauxtigers - Mar 28, 2006 3:49 pm (#74 of 95)
Virginia, you are my sister of course you know I'm an LSU fan...

Is there anything from your past that that you wouldn't want revealed (by means of veritaserum)?

virginiaelizabeth - Mar 28, 2006 4:12 pm (#75 of 95)
Well now you just made me look stupid! thankss!

Are you an animagus?If so,what animal form do take? Are you registered?

If asked, would you be willing to take up the position of DADA teacher are Hogwarts?

Do you own any pink cardigans?

Phelim Mcintyre - Mar 29, 2006 1:52 am (#76 of 95)
Virginiaelizabeth - and that last question from someone who posts in pink.

But back to job interview questions:

Do you need a monthly supply of wolfsbane?

virginiaelizabeth - Mar 29, 2006 3:20 pm (#77 of 95)
haha pink is my favorite color! I didn't even notice that!

Veritaserum - Mar 29, 2006 5:02 pm (#78 of 95)
Could you please clear your throat? (if you know what I'm saying...hem hem)

haymoni - Mar 29, 2006 5:43 pm (#79 of 95)
Thank you Veritaserum!

I certainly would not want to work with Delores Umbridge.

That bow would hafta go!!!

kaykay1970 - Mar 30, 2006 9:33 am (#80 of 95)
Would you be concerned if one of your fellow employees suddenly decides that he must wear a turban everyday?

Have you ever read Hogwarts a History?

Have you ever stored your wand in your back pocket?

Do you carry a hip flask for extra precaution?

How well can you fight off the imperious curse?

Have you ever taken Felix Felicis while competing in a sporting event? Did you take any before coming in for this interview?

What form does a boggart take in your presence and how do you deal with it?

Stringer - Mar 30, 2006 10:03 am (#81 of 95)
If I your boss were believed to be destroyed trying to eliminate a small child would you:

1-search for me

2-claim you were "made" to follow my orders against your will

3-turn yourself into a rat and live with a wizarding family for 12 years

kaykay1970 - Mar 30, 2006 10:06 am (#82 of 95)
Have you ever needed to take a Kwikspell Course?

Have you ever used paper airplanes to send memos in your work place?

My watch is missing! Wait a sec...This wouldn't be your niffler by any chance?

Esther Rose - Mar 30, 2006 10:58 am (#83 of 95)
Have you ever at any point in your life time shrunken house keys to confuse or delay Muggles?

kaykay1970 - Mar 30, 2006 3:25 pm (#84 of 95)
Upon reprimand, which of the following punishments would you implement?

A. Ironing your hands.

B. Slamming your head in the oven door.

C. Thumbscrews.

Which one of the following garments do you feel is most appropriate to wear in the work place?

A. Pillowcase.

B. Tea cozy.

C. Socks.

geauxtigers - Apr 1, 2006 8:45 am (#85 of 95)
Do you know what resides in mistletoe? Whould you recognize this if shown?

virginiaelizabeth - Apr 1, 2006 10:55 pm (#86 of 95)
What techniques are the Aurors useing to bring down the MOM?

haymoni - Jul 12, 2006 12:11 pm (#87 of 95)
If an employee sustained a work-related injury, would you contact a family member or try to heal them yourself?

What's inside your wand?

(By the way, we still haven't been able to get our new hire to read any HP books, but she tolerates our discussions quite well.)

Can you tolerate a conversation about Horcrux Hunting without rolling your eyes?

Tazzygirl - Jul 12, 2006 7:04 pm (#88 of 95)
Do you own any Nifflers?

(Kind of going off of Kay's last post. )

Choices - Jul 13, 2006 10:27 am (#89 of 95)
If (heaven forbid) you should die on the job, will you choose to go on, or can we count on seeing you around forever?

Magic Words - Jul 13, 2006 10:59 am (#90 of 95)
If you choose not to go on, do you plan on continuing with your job or sulking in a U-bend?

Regan of Gong - Jul 14, 2006 3:35 am (#91 of 95)
Tea towel or pillowcase?

haymoni - Jul 14, 2006 5:52 am (#92 of 95)
That's good, Regan.

I certainly feel like a house elf at work sometimes!

freshwater - Jul 14, 2006 4:15 pm (#93 of 95)
Nice work, Choices and Magic Words: your posts had me LOL! Thanks!

Miss Amanda - Jul 15, 2006 5:22 pm (#94 of 95)
When you depart from this world, are you expecting to qualify for the Headless Hunt? If so, register now, as there is a waiting list. Also, be aware that an affirmative answer will disqualify you from participating in our health and life insurance benefits.

How many pockets are in your current coat? Would you please name the contents of those pockets? I'm interested as to why you are carrying dog biscuits . . .

Do you own a toad? Would you find it significant if your toad constantly tried to escape from you?

Is this the appearance with which you were born or are you 1)marked or scarred by a Dark Wizard or flying brains, 2) a metamorphmagus, or 3) using Polyjuice Potion?

What is your favorite jam?

Concerning your workspace, ought we expect 1) lots of darkness, disgusting posters, and pickled things floating in jars, 2)incense and poofs, 3) a fully wooded area, 4)foe glass and secrecy sensors, or 5) innumerable gadgets? Describe how at least two of these environments would assist you as safety officer.

What additional safety measures would you enact for children visiting the workplace? Please include wand and broomstick security in your answer. The MOM is sick of sending owls to our office. Also, St. Mungo's is getting rich from business we are currently sending them.

What steps would you take to ensure that an imagination-fearing and magic-fearing family of Muggles will cooperate with you? How would you teach such a family courtesy to the magical world?

We currently have a rich trade in Chocolate Frog Cards. Which cards are you currently missing from your collection? Which cards would you like to trade?

Veritaserum - Jul 15, 2006 10:21 pm (#95 of 95)
Has anything odd ever happened with your keys, dustbins, or other seemingly harmless objects?

Do the words toenail, pillar, or kettle have any significance to you?

Have you ever been to Icklibogg, Storge, or Knackledirk? If so, where (and what) are they?

When given a choice of earmuffs, do you choose pink fuzzy ones?

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