Weird Interview Questions and How to Cope Under Pressure
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There are standard questions you expect to be asked during an interview, such as ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’, ‘what are your greatest achievements?’ and ‘why are you the right person for this job?’ Some employers like to be a bit quirky though and throw in an unexpected interview question, which might not even make sense.
There are many reasons why employers ask bizarre interview questions. They may just want to try something different from the standard (sometimes boring) questions. They may be testing you to see if you can think outside the box or how you perform under pressure.
These are some of the most bizarre interview questions:
- If you were a fruit, what kind would you be?
As bizarre interview questions go, this is one of the most common. With this question, the interviewer is trying to get to know a bit more about your personality. If the job requires someone with resilience, you might say that you are an orange, as you have a thick skin or a pineapple with a tough exterior. This can be difficult to answer under pressure, but that’s why they ask it!
- If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, who would they be?
This is a bizarre but great question to ask to see what kind of people inspire you and if they are related to the industry you want to work in. For instance, if you are going for an interview in fashion, the interviewer would expect you to mention a fashion designer or someone working within the industry. It shows where your passions are and whether you are in it for the long term.
- How many hours would it take to clean every window in your city?
An interviewer may ask a question like this to see if you can think on your feet and at least try to hazard a guess. If the interviewer asked you this question about Manama, you may know that the population of this city is around 150,000, so you’d be able to work out the number of windows from this. The interviewer won’t expect you to get the right answer, but they will want to see how you will calculate the answer.
- What would you do if you didn’t have to work?
The interviewer is testing you to find out what you like to do in your spare time and whether you would do something productive if you didn’t have to work. If you say you would spend your time lying around watching TV, the interviewer is unlikely to be very impressed! However, if you say you would volunteer, travel, exercise and activities like this, they will be much more likely to consider you as a good hire.
Bizarre interview questions are just designed to see if you can think on your feet; if you answer in a positive way, you can’t go far wrong!