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Interview Question

Administrative Assistant Interview Mountain View, CA

If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you

  could do with them that are not their traditional use.
brain teaser, creative

Interview Answer

3 Answers


While innocuous, this question was incredibly silly and only served to derail my train of thought during the interview.

Interview Candidate on Jul 16, 2013

I think the question actually measures your ability to be creative, and respond quickly with limited time and resources (something necessary for many roles today). Besides, the question is fun :) Create a pencil cup (irony), picture frame, hair sticks, hole punch, play darts, build a model bridge/road/house, make a serving tray, make file trays (more office irony).

Anon on Jul 25, 2013

1) Make a picture frame, hold your bun together,
2)Attach 2 to a picture to create an easel, rubber band them together and use them to roll under your tired feet, use the erasers as earing holders
3) Glue them together and top with a tile to create a hot pad
4) Ease stress by using two as drumsticks
5) Attach paper/penants to use them for identifiers for cupcakes,
6) Attach a laminated piece of paper to use in a garden to show which crops are growing where.
7) Use as darts on a lawn or paper strung between two trash cans
8) Decorate a box, i.e. make a log cabin roof look
9) Punch holes
10) Create directional arrows for walls/halls

Anonymous on Sep 22, 2015

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