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Our country is in a paradoxical position. On the one hand, we have a huge reservoir of youth, perhaps more than anywhere else in the world. They say 65 % of India’s population is below the age of 35 and almost 50 % below 25 years. They have aspirations like never before mainly because of greater exposure thanks to TV and the media. These days even villages have, for the most part, been touched by technology if you consider the spread of mobile phones into remote parts of the country. There is far greater job mobility than before and people think nothing of uprooting themselves from their homes to seek better prospects elsewhere.

At the same time, there is concern that many of these youth may not get the kind of jobs they dream of simply because their education has not equipped them with the skills and knowledge necessary. Even engineers are finding it difficult to get the kind of jobs they aspire for. Not everyone gets their dream job off campus any more.

I am sure successful organisations look for that extra something in candidates. They  want someone who can think independently, out of the box and figure out creative solutions to problems. In this context, I was interested to study the “20 Toughest Job Interview Questions Asked This Year” published in the Economic Times. These are some questions asked at leading innovative organisations like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, to name a few.

The questions help the interviewer understand how the candidate thinks, whether she is willing and capable of thinking beyond the ordinary and whether he is able to think beyond his comfort zone.

I am glad I am not being asked these questions!