The latest trend in job interviews is the situational question. “What would you do if you observed your co-worker stealing?” or “Describe an unpopular decision you have made and how you dealt with it?” are examples of questions that presumably will cut to the employment chase and reveal an applicant's true nature.
Human resources, formerly known as personnel, futurely hoping to be called “talent acquisition,” is perpetually coming up with the latest and greatest techniques for screening prospective employees. A strong work ethic is passé. Who cares what you can actually do, when you can scam your way though a gauntlet of hypotheticals?
I use the word “scam,” because effectively answering situational questions is a technique that can be mastered without necessarily having the actual ability to handle the situations described. Articulating what you should do is not the same as being able to do it. This is a variation of “teaching to the test,” where applicants can learn the methodology of the test without necessarily knowing the subject matter.