By Matt Reed. The argument for tipping the questions ahead of time has merit. Nobody does their best, or most representative, work under extreme stress. Most of us have had the crushing experience at some point of drawing a blank on the spot, only to have the ideal answer hit us five minutes later on the walk to the car. (French has an actual phrase for it: “l’esprit de l’escalier,” or the wit of the staircase, referring to the perfect response that comes to you as you walk, forlorn, down the stairs afterward.) For most jobs, the interview bears only a passing resemblance to the actual work the candidate is being hired (or not) to do. More...