The hypothetical problem is a common way to test the candidate’s ability to think outside the box. You cannot sound too absurd or evade the question by answering too little.
TRAP: An interviewer may describe a difficult situation and ask, “How would you handle this?” Since it is virtually impossible to have all the facts in front of you from such a brief description, don’t fall into the trap of trying to solve this problem and giving your verdict on the spot. It will make your decision-making process seem woefully inadequate.
ACCEPTABLE ANSWER: Describe the rational, methodical process you would follow in analyzing this problem; whom you would consult, generating possible solutions, choosing the best course of action, and monitoring the results.
In all such “What would you do?” questions, always describe your process or working methods, and you’ll never go wrong.
How would you approach hypothetical interview questions? What kind of situations have you been asked to analyze? We’d love to know your opinion on how to answer hypothetical interview questions in the comments.