Have you been on a job interview and been asked “how many windows are in New York city?” Tech companies like Google and Microsoft are known to ask these questions to their job applicants. More recently, however, companies started realizing that these questions may not be so useful and often serve to make interviewers feel “smarter” than the applicant. In this collaborative research, we found that “dark traits” such as narcissism and sadism are in fact, related to interviewer’s intention to ask brainteaser questions. To learn more, check out this paper published in Applied Psychology: International Review.
Highhouse, S., Nye, C.D., & Zhang, D.C. (in press), Dark motives and elective use of brainteaser interview questions. Applied Psychology: An International Review. pdf