How to Handle Weird Interview Questions
April 13th, 2009 by lewisTweet
“If aliens landed in front of you and offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?”
It’s not common, but interviewers sometimes ask weird, wacky, and unusual interview questions. If it’s appropriate, ask the interviewer to clarify their intention. For example, with the aliens question, you can ask, “Is the goal here to measure my creativity?” But do go with the flow and make your best effort to answer his or her question. Keep the answer brief to minimize any damage to your candidacy, and hopefully you’ll move onto a more straightforward, productive question soon.
Here are a few sample answers for off-the-wall questions from the book, How to Say It Job Interviews.
In a newspaper story written about your life, what would the headline say?
“The headline would read: Welfare Kid Makes It to the Top. I am very proud of the fact that, although I grew up on public assistance, I always stayed focused, studied hard, and kept my eye on the prize. Fast forward to adulthood and I have an MBA and am about to embark on a successful career in international business.”
Imagine you could trade places with anyone for a week. The person could be famous or not famous, living or from history, real or fictional. With whom would you trade places and why?
“As I work my way up to management, I would like to learn from George Washington and discover how he was able to inspire and motivate those around him toward a common goal.”
If you could be any animal, which one would it be and why?
“I would be a dog because dogs are known to be loyal companions who are loved dearly by their owners.”
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