You know when you go to a job interview, and the interviewer asks you a seemingly simple question, but it turns out the correct answer is not the obvious one?
I read such a story on one of my favourite news websites, RocketNews24, the other day that inspired this blog post.
The story was about an applicant for a job at McDonald’s. During the interview, the teenager was asked, ‘What kind of place do you think McDonald’s is?’.
He answered, ‘It’s a place where people eat hamburgers’.
He knew he’d made a major error when the interviewer looked at him witheringly and replied, ‘It’s a place where people are raised’.
The interview was over and, needless to say, he didn’t get the job.
Now, knowing how tough it is out there to get a job these days, I thought I’d help out by doing some research and providing the right answers to similar questions should you find yourself applying at one of the following top companies.
I’ve taken the answers for these hypothetical interviewers’ questions from advertising, blurbs and mission statements on the companies’ own websites. Good luck with your search!
Interview at Coca-Cola Amatil
Interviewer: What is Coca-Cola?
Applicant: A high-sugar fizzy drink or an artificially sweetened fizzy drink, depending on which type you buy.
Interviewer: No! At Coca-Cola, we’re in the business of spreading smiles and opening happiness every day all across the world.
Interview at PepsiCo
Interviewer: What is Gatorade?
Applicant: A high-sugar energy-boosting drink.
Interviewer: NO! It fuels the best and the best of the future. It is a product that will help you work harder, for longer; scientifically proven since 1965.
Interview at Google Inc
Interviewer: What is Google?
Applicant: A search engine.
Interviewer: No! Google is a company that understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want.
Interview at Cadbury Ltd
Interviewer: What is Cadbury?
Applicant: A brand of chocolate, most famously dairy milk chocolate.
Interviewer: No! chocolate means different things to different people at different times, but most importantly, Chocolate is Cadbury, with a passionate commitment to making everyone feel happy.
Interview at Yum! Brands Inc
Interviewer: What is KFC?
Applicant: A place where people go to eat fried chicken.
Interviewer: Most definitely not! It’s a place that knows its responsibility goes beyond ensuring great-tasting, high-quality food. It is a place that aims to make a positive difference to the communities where it works, the wider environment and, of course, to the lives of its employees.
Interview at Wesfarmers
Interviewer: What is Coles?
Applicant: A place where people go to buy groceries.
Interviewer: No! It’s a place that is dedicated to giving Aussie families the products they need for a happy, healthy home life, at prices they can afford.