As a fresh graduate, you may find that the job hunting process is more difficult and long winded than you expected. With tough economic climates, recruiters are using the interview process to weed out candidates who simply won’t cut it, or those that would likely leave the company within a few years of being hired.
What employers are now looking for beyond all else, are employees who have the right cultural fit to remain with the company for the long term. Skills and qualifications can be gained once an employee is hired, but finding the right personality and character of a new recruit is vital.
In order to find out as much information as possible, and to test how you react to difficult or unusual situations, recruiters have taken to asking a range of awkward, tricky and unsuspecting interview questions.
Here are a selection of some of the most commonly asked and oddest interview questions to prepare yourself for….
- Tell me about yourself...
- What is your biggest weakness?
- What is your biggest regret?
- Why do you think you would be successful in this job?
- Why should we consider you over all the other candidates who have the same skills and degree as you?
- Tell me something interesting about yourself...
- Give me an example of a time when you solved a problem at work...
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What do you know about this company?
- What are your salary expectations?
- How long would you stay with our company?
- Why aren’t you earning more for your age?
- Do you think you have been successful in life so far?
- What new developments or future trends do you predict will happen in this industry?
- How would you rate your memory?
- I'm going on holiday soon, where would you recommend?
- If you could be anyone else, who would you be?
- If you could take only 1 item to an island for 6 months, what would it be?
- On a scale of 1 - 10, how well would you rate me as an interviewer?