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How many gas stations are there in the United States?



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Larry

All right, Mr. Keller. Today, we are going to start with a question. How many times we've started with a question. But here's the question, how many gas stations are there in the United States? This question was ranked number one by resume EEO, a resume building platform and a survey, find out the worst questions candidates are asked in a job interview. So how many gas stations are there in the United States? And have you been ever been asked a weird question like this at a job interview?


Andrew

There's approximately 168,000. You know, me, I have to look it up. I've been asked basically the standard ones, I don't work, or I've never worked in an industry where that really matter. Like, I've been asked, like, where are you going to be in five years? What are your biggest weaknesses? And I think one of the reasons that these questions end up sucking a lot of times is the people that are in charge of hiring, focus on their job more than coming up with good interview questions. And so I have been asked weird questions. I think it's such a huge scale and what type of job you're applying for. So I think it's interesting. I don't know, for a non engineering type job. I don't know how much it matters, how you approach a problem.


Larry

So the reason they asked these questions in an article that we read together is that they want to see how you think so there is no right or wrong answer. You really can't off the cuff, know how many gas stations there are in the United States, but they want to sit in under pressure. Watch, you try to figure something out. So they're one the right or wrong answer will be your process. Do you have the process they're looking for? To determine an answer?


Andrew

Yeah, there's another one in that article about Elon Musk's Elan musk asks, If you walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north, and you end up in the same spot? Where are you? I couldn't figure it out, I looked it up. There's two different ways to solve it. Right. So if you're at the North Pole, you go south, west North with the curvature of the earth that works. Also, if you're the North Pole, and you go one direction, and you do a circle, then you end up in the same spot because of the curvature of the earth.


Larry

Another one of the commonly asked questions will be like, hey, sell us this pen right now. So they want to see how you spend. I went to an escape room. I've only been once and I went with our intern Kirk and his wife. And we walked in the wife when it was double date. I think Kirk had a coupon. So he went to maybe a list I don't know. And I realized in that moment that I become overwhelmed with like, huge, big data points come at you all at once. Like what does escape room like, dude, there's no way I'm gonna figure this out. I'm never getting us room. And, okay, we're screwed. Kirk's, like engineering brain, though, like broke things down into little tiny pieces. Okay, first, we need to do this. And I like this idea of how many gas stations are there is, hey, let's break that down to a small thing. And then work out of it from there.


Andrew

Right use building blocks. Have you ever been asked a weird interview question? I mean, you're a professional sniper. So I don't know what type of questions you might ask.


Larry

Well, I mean, the easy cheap one that I've been asked is, what are your weaknesses? And once again, there's not a that's not a real question. It's like, how are you going to answer that question? And I feel like I've never answered it, right, because I was always thinking, there is no right or wrong answer.


Andrew

I think also, it's depending on the job you have to be how willing are you to tell the truth? Where do you see yourself in five years? I guess everyone has different approaches to it. But I think in the more modern job market, most people aren't a jobs for five years. And so if you answer that question, truthfully, I see myself at another job is not going to get you hired.


Larry

I just think this idea of this question for me was how do you break? How do you make a decision making process when it comes to you rather quickly? And you have to decide information? I've always been I'm not I feel like I've confessed this multiple times. On the reverse divide. Yes, I am horrible under pressure. I do not make good decisions. When I have to putt for a lot of money. I become overwhelmed and my brain does not let me focus. So if I was in one of these job interviews, and they asked me the question about the North Pole, move one mile south one, where would you be, I would be screwed. But it's a good reminder for me to like take a deep breath, and just take this in a little bite sized morsel and move step to step I


Andrew

guess one of the good things about these interview questions is some of them are so common that you can prepare for them before you go to an interview, like, what are your weaknesses? You can compare that now. You said you said that you, you've gotten it wrong every time have you come up with an answer?


Larry

No. But reading this article made me realize, once again, I can come up with a sort of creative answer, that they'd go like, Oh, well, that was really creative. And they go like, Oh, he's a creative person. And whether the answer is right or wrong, it'll just be a creative answer.


Andrew

Right? Like, I tune in every Tuesday, and I'm gonna put it in the microwave in the break room, and that's my biggest weakness is I'm gonna stink at the office once a week.


Larry

Yeah, exactly. That's, that's told that and, and, you know, like, in my line of business and radio broadcasting, they're looking for creative things, not necessarily. true answer.


Andrew

Yeah. And I think about we talked about this maybe last week, I don't know when we talked about it, but a lot of getting hired is do I want to work with this person? And so does their train of thought line up with how I think and maybe if you don't quote answer, right, that's not necessarily true. It's just not a right fit for that specific person hiring you.


Larry

That's true. And And lastly, for me with this whole decision thing, I was kind of thinking about it like in terms of my family, and when my kids make wrong decisions like for instance, someone slugs someone in the face, there's like the immediate like discipline, like how do we handle this? But there's also like the larger issue of how do we not have this happen in the future? So I think with anything there's like the small issue of like, what's happening in the immediate and then the large issue of how do you want behavior changed? And so I thought it's like a small and a big thing all at once. And I think that same of a job interview, answering the question, but also showing them hey, here's my potential to be this person. Other person.


Andrew

Yeah, and I guess back to bingo square, know who you are know, you want like, if you understand the type of person you are like, this is gonna be different for everyone. So just look at look inside yourself and say, Hey, I'm this type of person. Look inside, look inside. Well, if you want to go to escape room, please reach out. You can find us at reposted podcasts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for the most interesting man in the world saying thank you for stopping by.

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