One of the most intense interviews I've done has been for, no joke, Pinkberry. The interview was an open call for a shift worker. They had two openings and about 100 people show up. This interview process was three rounds...The first where they split us into groups of ten and had us do various group activities and also gave us five minutes to individually come up with a commercial for Pinkberry.
The second round, they knocked off a few of the undesirables (booted off the island/labeled as the weaker links/voted off the show, so to speak) and then the remaining people were given a group interview where we were asked questions such as who are the three people you look up to the most / what are the most difficult obstacles you've had to overcome / etc. etc.
I'm going to digress for a second here. The Pinkberry interview was one of the few group interview situations I was comfortable in, because I had already gotten to know the other people beforehand. But group interviews are often tense and extremely competitive.
Part of the reason is because I used to be this kid:
For the third round, they called a few of us over the course of the next few days for a panel interview...so I went in for an interview with four of the shift leaders/managers of Pinkberry.
In the end, I didn't get the spot. But I secretly think that what they're really looking for is someone that will lure customers in and who looks good in the Pinkberry uniform...
A few of them are as follows:
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
That's probably not the right answer though. So here's a better one: In five years, I'll be in impoverished countries feeding orphans and baby monkeys with ten-minute brownies (packed with protein and vitamins and so yummy) that I made in five minutes. I'll also be leading the guerrilla warfare against oppressive regimes and evil corporations.
And so to top this off, here are a few questions I'd ask if I was an interviewer:
- If a grizzly bear showed up at the door of our establishment, what would you do?
- In the event of a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon(s) of choice and first course of action?
- If you were on a lifeboat and your spouse and mother were drowning and you could only choose one to save, who would it be and why?
- What superhero do you identify with the best?
- Complete this sentence: "If life gives you lemons, you...."
With that said, I'm off to another interview.