Interviews are the ultimate candidate testing ground! They give recruiters the chance to see how you fair against the competition, whilst allowing you the opportunity to sell yourself as the perfect employee.
Due to the level of importance placed on interviews, most candidates today know that preparation is key to success, and as such, prepare well structured answers to commonly asked interview questions. Recruiters however want to know how you react to on the spot situations, to questions that you have not prepared a fancy response to, and to unusual questions that may catch you completely off guard.
This technique is used to see whether you are the right cultural fit for the company, whilst also assessing your response mechanisms and ability to think on your feet! As such, the trend of asking unusual questions during an interview has become favored amongst recruiters.
Here are some examples of odd interview questions that you may find yourself having to answer at your next big job interview!
- If you could be a super hero, what would you want your super power to be?
- If there was a movie about your life, who would like to play you as the lead role?
- If you were offered to chance to write a book, what would it be about?
- What 3 items would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
- If you could meet any public figure (past or present) who would it be and why?
- You only have 3 months to live, how would you spend your last months?
- If you became a lottery millionaire, how would you spend your winnings?
- If you had to choose an animal to be reincarnated as, which animal would you be and why?
- What do you admire most in life?
- If you had a sitcom about your life, what would it be called and why?
- What is your favourite car?
- If you could be no.1 employee but have all your colleagues dislike you, or be no. 30 employee and have all your colleagues like you, which would you choose?
- Would you put your job before your work friendships?
- Give me 3 words that best describe you as a person
Some of the most difficult answers candidates may find themselves having to answer include…
- What are you weaknesses
- Tell me about yourself
- “I’m not going to talk for 5 minutes, just entertain me”
- Who do you like best, your mum or dad?
- On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life?
- How do you rate me as an interviewer?
- What is your biggest regret in life?
- Tell me something you have never told anyone else before
All of these types of questions are designed to put you under extreme pressure to see how you react to difficult and awkward situations. The more uncomfortable the interviewer can make you with their questions, and the better you answer them, the more likely you will be to impress and gain an offer of employment! Remember, the interview doesn’t want to see you fail, they want to assess your cultural fit, personality and abilities in line with the company’s expectations.