Over the course of your interview, the hiring manager needs to figure out a few things. She needs to get a better sense of how your skills and experience line up with the open role. She needs to figure out how likely you are to fit in with your prospective teammates. And she needs to find out how sharp your problem-solving techniques are in an effort to figure out if you’re truly someone who “thinks on his feet.”
You could add this to the list of reasons why interviews are unnatural and intimidating. Or, you could use it to your advantage. After all, once you know what the other person is looking for, you can come prepared to answer any sort of problem-solving interview question.
Here’s how to respond to the most common ones: