What to Do When Interviewer Asks Wrong Question?

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In summary, the conversation discusses a technical question that came up during an interview and the solution which was suggested by the interviewer. The person later realized that the solution was incorrect and wonders if there was anything they could have done in that situation. One suggestion is to privately contact the interviewer for clarification. However, the person ultimately decides to move on and not pursue the matter further.
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I was wondering if anyone knew if there was anything I should do.
I recently had an interview where I was being asked technical questions and one particular question came up which actually has a solution which I semi outlined but my interviewer suggested that I should know some theorem which I should look up.
I then came home and looked up the theorem and noticed that it was being applied wrong by the interviewer because if it was applied as suggested one gets an undefined answer (1/0) division by zero. Was there anything I could of done if my interviewer was fishing for an answer which turns out to be wrong.
 
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It's tough to say based on your limited information. You may want to try privately contacting the interviewer and continuing the discussion- you must be careful not to come across as antagonistic, tho.

One approach is to simply ask for some clarificiation, for example "Dear so-and-so, I thought about your question some more, and I'm not sure I understood what you were asking, because in this application, the result of the theorem gives an undefined result, and here's why. Do you instead mean [...], or [...]?"
 
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whats the point? You get the job back? Simply let things go by, & prepare for your next assignment, whatever it is...

It makes a point only if there is a chance of interview again.
 
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I figured there was nothing I could do, the impression based on an error was the only thing that bothered me . I only have contact for HR not interviewer. Oh well.
 
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who wanted to work for a bunch of idiots anyways? :)
 

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