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  • by merijnb (296) on 2008.08.14 5:08 (#64431) Journal

    At the start of each interview I do I always tell the candidates that we are going to explore their technical knowledge, and that we will go and try find their boundaries. That nobody can know everything and that the interviewers don't either.

    The idea is that you as the interviewee are led by the interviewer to the edge of your knowledge. We want to observe how they degrade. The ideal candidate admits to not knowing something, but when pushed will reason themselves to the correct answer. An educated guess will work at a push, but reasoning is better.

    So as an interviewee if you want to game this, you should stop slightly short in answering questions, and let the interviewer push you on. Then appear brilliant by making up the correct answer on the spot, which you knew all along. A good interviewer will spot this ofcourse.

    It's all fun and games.