You’re name gets called you stand up and shake the hand of your prospective future employer. You’re dressed in your best and feeling confident and why shouldn’t you be, you spent all night preparing, but did you prepare for this……
Here are but a few of the strangest questions people have been asked during a job interview:
“If you could sing one song on American idol, what would you sing?”
“At first glance, what do you think of me?”
“If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?”
“Pick a jelly bean. What does the colour of the jelly bean represent to you?”
“What’s your favourite type of Vodka?”
“You’re a new addition to a crayon box, what colour would you be and why?”
“What is in the trunk of your car right now?”
“Who would win a fight, A Shark or an alligator?”
“Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?”
“Why are manholes covers round?”
“If you were 80 year old what would you tell your children?”
“Do you hang your toilet paper roll under or over your toilet roll holder?”
“You’re trapped in a blender with no equipment… How do you get out?”
“If you we’re any object in the kitchen what would you be and why?”
“Do you make your bed every morning?”
“If you could have any celebrity parents alive or dead, who would it be?”
“If you we’re a CD player now, what CD would I find?”
“What kind of vegetable would you aspire to be?”
“How would you do about finding a needle in a hay stack?”
“What is your favourite Disney villain?”
“Do you feel like you wasted your time going to a university to end up interviewing here?”
“If you were on an island and you could only take three things with you, what would you bring?”
No we are not lying, these questions really have been asked in interviews!
Surprisingly many large corporate companies such as Google and Apple have asked these questions.
So why do they ask strange questions which are seemingly unrelated to the job and how are you expected to answer them? Are they trying to find out about you and your personality or are they expecting you to answer in relation to the job prospect.
Here are some examples of how people answered the weird and wacky:
“It’s the apocalypse, how do you survive?”
One interviewee said this question was thrown in randomly in the middle of an interview. He thought on his feet….“I told them I’d form a team of people with different skills and go on the hunt for essential things such as food, wood and shelter and wait it out for a least a couple of weeks”.
This answer showed he had good management and teamwork skills. Even though there is no correct answer it is a good idea to throw in job based rhetoric such as this.
“You’re prime minister for a day. What’s the first thing you do?”
This question was asked in an interview for a standard office job to an interviewee who didn’t have the first clue about current politics so decided to change the direction of the question and replied by saying he would make it mandatory for all employers to provide teabags in offices”.
This showed humour and gave an insight into the candidate’s personality.
“Which super power would you like to have?”
Again this question was thrown in during a normal, boring interview. The interviewees answer was “to be able to fly so I could get to work quicker.” As cheesy as this may sound the interviewer laughed and seemed to like it.
This answer shows personality but also in a diverse way relates to work ethic.
So as you can see there is no right or wrong way to answer these questions but try to add elements of your personality in relation to the actual role that way you cant lose!!!
REMEMBER ALWAYS BE PREPARED!!!