The best interview questions for today's hippest jobs

What does a wannabe Chief Imagination Officer daydream about and how would Pharrell Williams do HR?

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Last Updated: 14 Oct 2015

Gone are the days of simple job titles. With more and more businesses attempting to seem innovative, funky job titles are catching on fast. Although these PR efforts may help companies attract creative employees - even in hitherto boring professions, such as data analyst or HR director - it is equally important that businesses are able to select the most suitable candidates for these groovy new jobs, even if they have still to work out what precisely the roles are about. So here's a list of interview questions for today's hippest jobs (taken from HBO's Silicon Valley show).

Chief Happiness Officer

What is the difference between Epicurus's principles of ataraxia and aponia?

Why are the Danes much happier than the Greeks?

How would Pharrell Williams do HR?

Social Media Czar

How many friends do you have on Facebook?

Who killed Nicholas II of Russia, and why was his Twitter account hacked?

How many likes did you get for your Charlie Hebdo posts?

Data Alchemist

What is your strategy for transmuting numbers into base and noble metals?

How has big data advanced our ability to understand the elixir of life?

Chief Imagination Officer

What are you daydreaming about now?

What were your favourite imaginary friends at school?

Where do you see yourself in 2198?

Director of First Impressions

Where did you have your haircut?

Why do you seem incompetent?

Where do you see yourself in two minutes?

Admittedly, the correct answers are hard to identify a priori. But don't let that put you off. Awesome candidates will no doubt provide awesome answers and blow you away, like a Russell Brand TED talk. However, no matter how talented they seem, remember they are not Kanye West (as Kanye West said).

Finally, here are five obvious yet still untaken job titles you may wish to consider if you really want to innovate in this domain:

1. Director of Irrelevant Projects

2. Vice-President of Office Politics

3. Director of Strategic Uncertainty

4. Diversity Ninja

5. Chief Sadness Officer

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, people analytics, and talent management. He is the CEO of Hogan Assessments and professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University. Follow Professor Chamorro-Premuzic on Twitter at @drtcp.

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