My doctoral advisor is moving universities. What do I need to know? What are good questions to ask? [more inside]
posted by lullu73
on Jun 9, 2014 -
Defending my thesis next week and need help with turns of phrase to kick off complicated answers to difficult questions. Have flopped in conferences past. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly
on May 27, 2014 -
I am beginning the application process for a much-desired position. One of my good friends works in a similar position for the same company on the other coast. I will definitely have her ear during the application and interview process, and I want to make the most of being able to pump her for information.
However, I don't even know where to begin. What questions should I ask her that will give me usable insight into the company, that I can turn around and use to strengthen my resume (and hopefully land and ace an interview)?
posted by tippy
on Mar 20, 2014 -
I stumbled across a site a few weeks ago which would put up an image of some sort and ask you to write what question came to your mind. I think the point was just to collect the questions and look at them (but it asked you to make an account before you could see more than a few of the other peoples' questions, and I never did that). I've forgotten where I found it. Does anyone know what site this was? [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog
on Mar 6, 2014 -
I'm looking for witty endings for the question "Welcome to Computer Science, where questions like XXX are not YYY", similar to this
sign. But I'm drawing complete blanks. Any ideas?
posted by gadha
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Basically I met a guy at a bar (I'm also a guy fyi)...
We've been going places, eating out, and hanging out for the past month and a half and still are. Every day or every other day or so and he's always up for it. He messages me while we're both at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 11, 2013 -
I hate responding to small-talk interrogations. I'm a private person, and I just don't feel ok with giving relative strangers answers to personal-feeling questions, even though the questions themselves may be fairly innocuous. I also get confused and flustered when people ask me a lot of questions, and I will make mistakes, even though they are about me. How can I avoid answering these kinds of questions? [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Sep 20, 2013 -
My partner and I want to fill a hat with as many questions as possible, so that we can pull a couple of questions out of it each time we're together. We chat a lot but we both think it'd be great to have something else to spark conversations. I think it'll work best if neither of us know what most of the questions are. Hence why I'd like your lists of deep, funny, stupid or random questions to ask that will spark a conversation. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM!
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I work in a large health-care facility and thus see many people that I know in passing as I travel to and from various places.
I have been shamelessly ripping off "Diamond" Dallas Page (who probably ripped it off from someone else) for his response to "How are you doing?"
If I was doing any better, I'd have to be twins to enjoy it.
This usually gets at least a chuckle, and I'm looking for responses in a similar vein. Generally light and humorous (I'd prefer not to say something darkly humorous) and DEFINITELY short, as this is usually said in passing.
So, Metafilter, HOW YOU DOIN'?
posted by kuanes
on Jul 30, 2013 -
, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs
I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I recently inherited enough money that will allow me to not work again. I still want to do things - volunteer, help others, keep busy, etc. How do I explain this to others and answer questions that people ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I'm scheduled for a technical interview after the weekend for a front-end development position. I'd like to spend some intensive time beforehand reading relevant blogs and books to prime the ol' noodle and supplement my existing knowledge. Could you recommend some resources? Are there questions you would ask an applicant in this situation, or that you have been asked? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Mar 22, 2013 -
I've heard that men don't like questions. I'm a woman and would like to have better relationships with the men in my life. Give me some examples of ways to rephrase questions into statements, directives or imperatives. [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397
on Mar 15, 2013 -
I read the esr
article, and thought that was pretty good advice about asking questions. Then I realized I don't get enough advice about asking questions.
So are there any considered texts, resources, etc about asking really good questions? Any direct advice? Edificatory anecdotes?
posted by curuinor
on Feb 20, 2013 -
Tomorrow I'm leading a session for college freshmen on the importance of asking questions. The canned curriculum we've been given introduces the session with me reading a story (!) to the students. Unfortunately, the moral of the story seems to be why NOT to ask questions. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg
on Feb 11, 2013 -
Have you gone to therapy or counseling after a rape? What outcome were you looking for? Did it help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I have been struggling to figure something out. There are certain types of questions I have trouble with, and I would like to understand what types of questions these are, why am I so uncomfortable with them, and what can I do to make dealing with them less unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by matrushka
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Where can I find a bunch of thought-provoking questions or prompts for starting conversations? I'm looking for the rabbit-hole questions you can spend a lot of time discussing with someone, as well as questions that help you get to know someone better. Are there books, games, or web resources like this? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty
on Nov 9, 2012 -
What's your favorite web place for open-ended questions about almost anything? I'm basically looking for a great, engaged, smart community - like Metafilter - but with the ability to ask and answer more open-ended questions and to engage posters in conversations.
posted by st starseed
on Sep 17, 2012 -
What is it like living in Hounslow or out Heathrow Airport way? Is it possible to find a three-bedroom house to rent that would allow pets? Are there lots of coffee shops?
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 29, 2012 -
There was a study a few years back where they had two people meet and discuss a list of questions. The control pairs got a basic set of superficial interview questions (what's your name, do you have siblings, where are you from) and the other got a specially designed set of questions that increasingly went into meaningful, personal topics. At the end, pairs in the test group tended to report a deep bond with their partner and went on to become friends after the study. Can you find me the study and/or the questions?
posted by sdis
on Jun 4, 2012 -
Fellow lawyers: If all goes well, I hope to be extended an offer to go in house at a bank, after 7 years at big firms. Is there anything I should know, or any advice you can give? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D)
on May 31, 2012 -
Help me learn how to help people come to their own conclusions and learn from their previous experiences in a friendly manner. (Warning: super long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger
on Mar 31, 2012 -
So in a week I'm starting a gig writing questions for a tv quiz show! Where are your favourite online (or offline!) repositories or trivia and amazing facts? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder
on Feb 24, 2012 -
In a bid to prolong bed-time, my four-year-old just asked me, "What is electricity made of?' I told her to close her eyes and go to sleep, which has bought me 9-10 hours till she wakes me up and asks me the same question again. What's the most accurate answer I can give her that she will understand and not be bored by?
posted by Hogshead
on Jan 22, 2012 -
Help me do a better job of phone screening candidates for largely-technical/programming positions. [more inside]
posted by ish__
on Jan 21, 2012 -
I run a monthly Pub Quiz and I have a website, running on Wordpress which I use for announcing upcoming quizzes, publishing results and past questions / answers. At the moment I publish the questions and answers (50 per month) as separate blog posts with a category of Question or Answer tagged with the month and year. Is there a smarter, more intuitive way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Nov 7, 2011 -
Matchmaking Judo: Help me design the best (and shortest) matchmaking questionnaire in the history of the world. I'm assembling a short list of questions that two strangers can quickly answer to determine if they might be a good match. [more inside]
posted by the jam
on Sep 6, 2011 -
Why do some people refuse to answer direct questions, and instead will respond with a question of their own? How can I understand this communication pattern to stop being enraged by it? and how do I get my questions answered? [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms
on Aug 18, 2011 -
I want to talk to strangers, but not make smalltalk. What are interesting questions that I can ask random strangers, questions that, with just the right mix of playfulness, sincerity, etc., might actually be possible to ask without freaking out myself or the other person? Adapting an example I came across in a random book: "Excuse me, Iknowthisisweirdbut, what's the most important thing you know?" [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on May 1, 2011 -
What questions do I need to ask the doctor to help my mother make an informed decision about chemotherapy? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever
on Mar 2, 2011 -
Best place online to find free/cheap Massachusetts DMV's permit test questions and answers for practice? [more inside]
posted by mooselini
on Feb 17, 2011 -
I landed a second interview with a manufacturing company that I'd really like to work for. I am meeting with three potential direct reports who will be interviewing me (I'm applying to be their boss). What are some good questions to ask to help win them over? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords
on Jan 27, 2011 -
Many of my friends work in digital media and advertising and I've often helped them brainstorm. But lately I'm receiving more and more requests from strangers who know me from my writing or various websites and want to get together to discuss whatever "big project" they are working on. [more inside]
posted by pinafore
on Dec 29, 2010 -
Before putting an offer in on a house, we want to spend some time this week sitting in the neighborhood and talking with neighbors to see what the area is like and start creating some rapport. What questions should we ask the neighbors? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie
on Dec 7, 2010 -
Are there are any sites which feature a variety of curious science or technology posts. structured as puzzling questions which are followed by answers? Inspired by this Gizmodo post. [more inside]
posted by schmichael
on Dec 6, 2010 -
Meta-ask: How can I learn to ask better questions? Specifically: how I can learn to ask natural, un-contrived questions in job interviews? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt
on Aug 17, 2010 -