The interviewer had warned that "the next few questions might seem a bit strange, but don't worry, I'm going somewhere with this"... he followed that by asking about a person who I had never heard of (and who's name I still can't remember).
When I confessed to not knowing the name, he then asked the best question I have ever heard.
What do you think of when I say "The Ultimate Evil"?Following from the previous question, I had a mild panic that maybe there had been some atrocity in the news which I had missed, related to the previously mentioned name, and that I was about to reveal my lack of attention to current affairs.
In fact, the interviewer was probing to see how I would react to his knowledge of the computer games I played - the Ultimate Evil he was thinking of was in fact the star character of Dungeons 2 by Kalypso Media, a game that showed as recently played on my Steam account.
On the day, I dodged the question, not thinking of the game at the time - but on reflection, this would be a great question for all kinds of interviews... here's some thoughts on answers that would indicate the character of the person being asked...
- "Love of money" - religious or classically trained
- "Money" - a communist
- "Windows line endings in Unix source files" - a geek
- "Emacs Users" - a vi user
- "Vi Users" - an Emacs user