During group discussions, the instructor can ask higher order questions instead of just direct recall or knowledge questions.
There is one more reason for pushing back politely. :) There are always exceptions of course, there are some great FUD creators out there, but for the most part the reality of the problem offered, the Interviewee's answer, the data involved and the nature of the discussion all ensure that reality will most likely come out.
Interviewing is the hardest thing you'll ever do.
What Works" blog this morning and I like what you say about looking for the critical thinker. I am watching for: 1) what they come up with as a solution and 2) how they think The latter is perhaps even more important than the former.
But is also generated this very interesting question via email: I read your "Hiring? You'll see later why the reality of the problem is important.
I am trying to see how fast you think, and what happens, if you are backed into a corner.
If you are a critical thinker you'll think uniquely and be able to, for the lack of a better word, survive.
Dependant thinkers uncritically accept whatever they are taught and rarely question information or asking themselves if the information really make sense.
Independent thinkers feel the need to make sense of the world based on personal observations and experiences rather than just going along with the thoughts of others.
They are willing to share ideas that differ from those of the rest of the team and sometimes require explanations that force the team to force the team to give careful consideration to information.
Independent thinkers must be careful not to question everything or they can impede progress.