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Off-Shoot Questions

Such questions are a follow-up to your answers to the main question and are asked to probe the depth of your knowledge.

EXAMPLE

Question :

What is India’s main problem at the moment?

Answer :

Sir, population explosion is the main problem which is retarding the country’s progress in all fronts.

Question :

So, what measures do you suggest should be adopted by the government to overcome this problem?

Answer :

Sir, the first and foremost measure would be to revitalize the family planning programme. The government should also increase the marriageable ages of both males and females, thus disallowing early marriages.

Question :

What type of family planning measures do you suggest and how does one implement them?

Answer :

Sir, every citizen should be legally compelled to go in for compulsory sterilization after one or at the most two children.

Question :

But why do you propose legislation to this effect? There may be other ways to implement these measures.

Answer :

Sir, I feel that people should be compelled by the

law of the country not to have more than one or two offsprings. You may recall, we had a bitter experience a few years ago when the government fixed targets for the number of sterilization operations each state had to achieve in a fixed period of time. This brought to light several fake operations just to fill in the records. This naturally had no actual impact on the growth of the population. If a law is enacted to this effect, each citizen will have to abide by it as other laws are abided.

 

MYTH: Job candidates might be faced with illegal questions during interviews.
FACT: These questions usually focus on marital status, age, religious preference, ethnic background, or health status. In some cases, interviewers may not realize such questions are illegal. When faced with such questions, candidates should try to determine the intent of the question. It may be simply a slip up, but could also illustrate discriminatory hiring practices.

 
 
In the above example, the first question is the main question, ­whereas the other three questions are off-shoot questions generated from the candidate’s replies to subsequent questions.





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