Chemjobber picks up here on an interesting letter to C&E News. What do you do, on a job interview, when your interviewer says something that’s obviously wrong?
In my case, however, there was not an explicit question being asked. Rather, while discussing some topic, the interviewer would say something that was clearly and obviously (and even blatantly) false. For example, the interviewer might say something that violated one of the laws of thermodynamics. In retrospect, it is clear that interviewers were not testing the knowledge of thermodynamics (or whatever the subject of the false statement was about). More likely they wanted to see how the interviewee handled suddenly being placed in a potentially awkward situation.
Has anyone out there had this happen to them? I never recall getting this technique tried on me – or who knows, maybe someone did, and I didn’t pick up on it and bombed out right there. (Just kidding about that one – a bad interview, like a bad date, is usually obvious to everyone concerned).
But I can imagine some interviewers doing this sort of thing, and some organizations being fine with it. It sounds more like something they’d pull at a Wall Street firm than at a science/technical outfit, but I guess you never know.