We’ve all been in a job interview and felt under pressure to answer the questions put to us. But what if you’re completely thrown by a question that you’d never expect to be asked? This week we’ve been comparing some of the most unusual interview questions that we’ve heard.
A question that is used to see how a candidate can handle stress on the spot is usually asked when recruiting for a role which includes various pressures. These questions often come out of the blue and may even come across as rude from a ruthless interviewer.
A candidate that can recognise that this is a test of character can use it to their advantage to demonstrate project management and communication skills.
Although it may seem harsh and insensitive, the purpose is to make the candidate really sell their skills and how they can be transferred into the available job role.
Again, this offers the candidate a clear chance to shake off the pressure. Here, they can demonstrate how their dealing with the situation in hand.
A behavioural question often requires attaining solutions to hypothetical problems and/or looking for an educated guess.
This helps the interviewer to see how logical they are and how competent they are with maths when put on the spot.
A hypothetical problem which tests the candidate’s logic and estimation skills.
This type of question will appear much more frequently in a whole host of different interviews. The main purpose of these is to explore a candidate’s soft skills including teamwork, flexibility, creativity and aspirations.
Asking a candidate which professional books they have read will give a clear indication of how seriously they take their personal development.
There’s no doubt this is one of our favourites. A candidate may expect to be asked about their life outside of work in an interview, but this question is looking for a much more specific answer indicating self-development.
Asking something like this may seem like something discussed in the pub, but again it’s used to get insight into a candidate’s personality and interests.
To conclude, it’s clear that whatever side of the interview you’re on, preparation is key. As a candidate, shape your responses around what you really want to present about yourself. As an interviewer, ask the right questions to ensure that the candidate has the confidence and qualities to do the job.
What’s the best/worst interview questions that you have been asked? We would love your comments below:
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