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WHEN is it OK to lie? What would you do with 100 Christmas trees in July? If you were a cereal, what kind would you be?

Knowing that those and other questions await in an employment interview could have a huge impact on a candidate's chances of landing a new job and a Website called aims to provide that insight.

The online jobs site, which already lists salaries and reviews of companies around the world, is adding interview listings. Users submit their experiences anonymously and in turn gain access to other people's stories.

"We view our mission as helping people make better career decisions," said Robert Hohman, chief executive of the California-based company.

"Interviewing is scary, and the one thing that can help reduce the anxiety of interviewing is information," he said. "It makes you feel more confident."

Reviews of nearly 2,000 job interviews have been collected from more than 1,000 companies, Hohman said.

The information includes descriptions of the process, lists of unexpected or tough questions, and whether the interviewee got an offer.

For instance, a review by a candidate for a maintenance director post at a senior center run by Brookdale Senior Living in Tucson, Arizona, warned against the job. The company lost his application, an executive due to interview with him took that day off, and one of the questions he was asked was: "What would the inside of my car look like if we were to go look inside of it right now?"

The question about lying was asked of a project manager applicant at Integer Group, a marketing agency.

The question about cereal was posed in an interview for a financial analyst at Cisco Systems, and the query about Christmas trees arose in a interview at Visa Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers got the highest positive rating and Google was rated the most negative experience, Glassdoor said.


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