Can I just say I f-----g hate that interview question? I hate being asked it, and I hate asking it. And at my workplace - a National Laboratory - it is damn near impossible to get through an interview without it. Of course we also ask their strengths, because, duh, by the latter part of the interview if that's not already apparent, we've really been wasting our time.
One question I really enjoy asking: Think of a supervisor that you had an excellent working relationship with. What did they do that made it successful?
(You'd be amazed at how many people also feel compelled to describe their worst boss, in excruciating detail, when asked this question).It's so difficult to come up with good interview questions. I seem to rely on the time-honored "Tell me about a time when..." or "I'll bet that was a difficult solution to come up with -- how did you do it?"
I remember being asked by a hiring manager at a major chemical company to tell me about my earliest memories of middle school and high school. I think I looked at him as if he had three eyes.
Readers, what's your favorite interview question?