Job interviews are tough. They can be unnerving, and some of the questions they ask, can take you by surprise. It is one thing to prepare for an interview but it is another thing all together to get asked questions withing the scope of your preparation. You may have an “idea” of what to expect in a job interview, but until you are actually sitting in the interview, you don’t know for sure what you will be asked. Some interviewers can throw you for a complete loop, surprising you with odd questions that don’t seem fit for a job interview at all.
You may not always be able to be totally prepared for all interview questions; but knowing what some candidates had been asked in the past, may open your eyes to what is possible during your next interview.
The following, are strange interview questions that have been asked to people over time, at different interviews.
— “Please spell ‘diverticulitis’.”
— “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?”
— “How many planes are currently flying over Kansas?”
— “If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?”
— “How do you weigh an elephant without using a weigh machine?”
— “What is your favorite color?”
— “How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?”
What is the purpose of such questions one may ask? What exactly does your interviewer want to achieve by throwing you into the space of abstract knowledge?
Strange questions can be a way of getting you to open-up to your boss and to show your boss how you think on your feet. Many recruiters want to find out how you can apply the little knowledge you have to tackle a daunting task irrespective of the department where the problem is coming from. Since these questions don’t usually have a well spelt out answer, they want to know if you can think of a sensible one, and quickly.
Some questions may almost seem impossible to answer; as in, “who would know that?” You may be expecting all of the questions thrown at you, to be job related. That’s not always the case, however.
Tips to Answering Weird Job Interview Questions
In a job interview you should always be prepared for anything to happen. Although you may not know head of time, what the boss will ask, you can prepare yourself to answer hard questions. Here’s how:
— Be honest and direct when answering. Your potential boss will appreciate your honesty and could win you some brownie points.
— If you need more time to think of an answer, ask the boss if you can have a few more minutes to put together your answer. Ask him if he could come back to the question.
— Give your best answer possible, and give it with thoughtfulness. Don’t just spew anything out of your mouth, but give an honest, well-thought-out answer.
Many times, interviewers, or bosses want to know if you can handle being put on the spot. They want to know that you can deal with something, out-of-the-norm, being thrown your way, and how creative you are. This is your time to shine to your potential boss, so put your best foot forward.
This article is written by Tim Blake. He is a South African recruitment consultant and recommends a website for internships in South Africa