The following is not word for word, it’s just how I remember a piece of my interview happening this morning. I don’t think that I have, ever in my life, experienced job interview questions so difficult as I had this morning. Interviewer: So Vee (my full name was used), I’m going to give you hypothetical […]
Trimmed my comment down as it became a lot longer answer than I originally anticipated. I included the most likely answer some interviewers want to hear below.
I created a separate post to address some of what was in this post initially.
First thing, call 911 or whatever the local emergency system is for the area. Next, I would assess the situation – are any cars leaking gas, downed power lines, or other things that could put me at risk for serious injury or death. Next I would assess everybody, including the pinned adult, to see if I could tell which one was worse. Granted, in many cases, you may not be able to tell, but in other cases, asking some simple and fast questions, checking the ears for possible fluid that indicates serious head injury, etc. will give you enough information. I have some basic first aid, plus some CERT training. In some cases, it’s obvious that one is going to die (black toe tag for those who know what that means) no matter what. I am not a fan of these kinds of questions unless you are applying for a job where you would be dealing with these situations. I might even go so far as to say “Thank you for your time, but this has nothing to do with the job and does little for you to help access my critical thinking ability.” Might even ask where I can send the bill for wasting my time if the interviewer goes over the line.
It sounds like the expected answer should be help the child first or you are a heartless person who they don’t want to hire. You also have to access your risk in helping each person. If one person is in a situation where you are placing your life in danger by helping, and the other person is not, then you help the one who is less likely to get you injured or killed. That’s one of the first things I was taught in CERT training.
There are plenty of critical thinking questions an interview can ask that involve the duties of your potential new job that are relevant, and should be the ones they are asking instead of this question.