And that required no imagination. First of all you had to reason why you wouldn't do over time, then you had to make a decision. That question is no different from the random crap they throw at you in interviews. Although usually it would be asked as how do you feel about overtime? Evening shifts etc. How would you have responded to the question if it came From your potential employer? I mean the first question I asked?First, decisions haven't been made about the job yet, we don't know for sure I didn't get it.
Second, I won't have a "boss," I'll have an "advisor."
Third, I'd say no, and for him or her to never call me late at night again.
I think the point is do they want to employ a robot or a person who can think. If they wanted a robot surely they could just build one this is NASA. You seem to be making out this is a job a trained chimp could do. NASA are good at that stuff too, or were.
Advisor/Boss whatever everyone has someone who has authority over them with the exception of the company owners or the government.
Ok well I'm no longer saying anything about your chances of getting the job I'm just saying you answered the question badly.