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Kimberly-Clark Biomedical Engineer Interview Question

I interviewed in Atlanta, GA and was asked:
"If you had turned your cell phone to silent, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what would you tell me?"
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i have a phone too
- Kaushal Chawda on Jan 13, 2013 Flag Response
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Who's phone was that?
- Kenny on Jan 15, 2013 Flag Response
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I would tell you nothing because I should have turned it off during our meeting.
- Alan on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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With technology today you would think my phone would know that I am in an interview
- Ashley on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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I would say it's a miracle, because I always power my phone completely off. Either I need it, or I don't. I see no purpose in "silence"; that's just saying "I'll listen to you until someone more important makes it vibrate."
- Glen on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Stupid Android!
- Joe on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry my wife is getting ready to give birth.
- Rich on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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I've actually had that happen before... the phone was off, yet made a ring via some kind of crazy glitch. I was in church. It was NOT a miracle.
- Jon on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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It's my bitter half ....sorry my better half call .....
- A G on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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oh, its for you and had the phone to the interviewer...
- Diane on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry for the interruption, a silent mode failure, if it would be a biomedical engineering problem I would have fixed it right away - then take off the battery.
- ektormelendez on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Well if you make the mistake of not hiring me today my next stop is going to be at Google, because they CLEARLY need my services. When I finish a project, it works.
- Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry, I have my phone set to ring only if Mr. Falk is calling. Excuse me while I take this.
- shayne on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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I will continue our conversation because I would have left my phone in the car.
- Jason on Jan 17, 2013 Flag Response
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I'd ask if I could look out the window for the Batsignal - only Commissioner Gordon has the authority to ring through vibrate mode.
- Lynn on Jan 18, 2013 Flag Response
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Oh, I forgot to turn off my Stretch-break Alarm today.
- Anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 Flag Response
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my smartphone heard itself being referred to in the question and wanted to weigh in...
- Jim on Jan 18, 2013 Flag Response
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Even the best technology needs human intervention
- Mariana on Jan 19, 2013 Flag Response
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I'd tell you that I must have forgotten it in my haste to be on time, and apologize profusely, while removing the battery. There's no need to stammer trying to explain that I turned it to silent, and the phone didn't work, who's going to believe that? I'd look like someone who didn't know how to work their own phone, at best - or worse a liar! Take the blame and own up, everybody makes mistakes.
- Michelle on Jan 20, 2013 Flag Response
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"Oh, excuse me". ( pulls phone from pocket, remove battery, put it back on pocket) .. look the person in the eyes and say " im sorry about that". moves on.
- mike on Jan 21, 2013 Flag Response
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That would never happen to me 'cause I don't have a cell phone :)
- Me on Jan 22, 2013 Flag Response
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D*mn Siri!
- Ecardenal on Jan 23, 2013 Flag Response
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"I assumed this phone would work the way it was supposed to, as I DID put it on silent. Too bad, faulty technology". Remove battery, continue.
- Paul Tudor Oprea on Jan 23, 2013 Flag Response
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Excuse your self, and simply remove battery and apologize and let them know that you are ready to proceed.
- Oliver on Jan 23, 2013 Flag Response
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id get my cell phone out and show him/her that its switched off and say i never have that problem
- matt on Jan 24, 2013 Flag Response
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This phone is like a baby in church...making noise just at the wrong time!
- Liz on Jan 24, 2013 Flag Response
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I Got a Bug :)
- Sandeep Rao on Jan 24, 2013 Flag Response
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I'd look guiltly as all get-out, take the battery out, and set it on the desk and continue with the interview.
- Stone Cold on Jan 25, 2013 Flag Response
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then it could be from Rajnikanth
- Anonymous on Jan 25, 2013 Flag Response
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Ah! Seems he's got a mind of his own!
- Minnie on Jan 25, 2013 Flag Response
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excuse me....m sorry about that....
- Agarwal on Jan 26, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry that's my parole officer calling...
- Khiladi on Jan 26, 2013 Flag Response
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i won't say anything coz i have already switched off my phone n i knw it wld b ur phn thts ringin n i wont like u 2 offend by saying your phone's ringin
- neha jagare on Jan 27, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry about that. My provider just lost a good customer.
- victor on Jan 27, 2013 Flag Response
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I need a pay rise for a new phone since the current one is not functioning as it should.
- Cynthia on Jan 28, 2013 Flag Response
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"Sorry, it is an everyday alarm for medicine."
I'm sure this is going to work bcoz cell phone alarms do ring even if the cell phone is in silent mode.
- Bisweswar Swain on Jan 28, 2013 Flag Response
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what a mess... heheheh
- john on Jan 29, 2013 Flag Response
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i would tell u to ask better questions with more logic because phone doesn't work like u said.
- rach on Jan 29, 2013 Flag Response
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i would say the interviwer , "See, the phone rang even if it was on silent mode! This is why you should hire me soon."
- snix on Feb 7, 2013 Flag Response
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<silence the phone> Oh, it's probably the President. I'll call him back later. Shut phone off and say "Please continue with what you were saying, he won't be interrupting us again.

(Everyone, even the interviewer has the concern that their phone will go off at an inappropriate time. You can turn this into a plus if you don't panic and come up with some lie or explanation. He will of course know that you don't know the president and will take it as a joke rather than a lame excuse. It will also sub-consciouslly show him that your conversation with him is the most important thing at the moment.)
- Ken on Feb 14, 2013 Flag Response
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It must be from your HR department. I'm already impressed by how efficient your organisation is.
- adam on Feb 27, 2013 Flag Response
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"I'm sorry for the noise, if it truly disturbs you.
I was being chased by the Klingon's, and lost them in a wormhole. My Transponder must have reset itself to the original factory settings".
- Capt. Kirk on Mar 9, 2013 Flag Response
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I would say that God is calling, and I should probably answer it
- Anonymous on Mar 21, 2013 Flag Response
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I'd check my phone, turn it off, and say, "I apologize" then continue with the interview without further explanation. The important thing is not to get flustered or make a bigger deal of the incident than is necessary. It has happened to everyone. No point in wasting time after the initial apology or annoying anyone further with unnecessary explanations. If the interviewer wants further explanation, s/he can ask.
- Anon on Apr 21, 2013 Flag Response
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Sorry but its time for Angry Birds
- Marty on May 28, 2013 Flag Response
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My phone is sick
- Anand on Jun 9, 2013 Flag Response
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lol, i set silent profile but with a timer.. sorry for the noise i caused..
- Gloria Fatima on Sep 7, 2013 Flag Response
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Lol love the parole officer and the batman answers. Awesome. Also, who owns a phone with a removable battery anymore?
- Kyle on Oct 21, 2013 Flag Response

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