So, companies these days are jumping on the bandwagon to find new ways of recruiting the best staff for their position. Employers are looking for someone that stands out from the crowd and doesn't buckle under pressure. Our advice? Be prepared for anything. Don’t be shocked by a strange question. Stop, think about your answer and keep focusing on the prize.
Here's our top 5 weird and wonderful interview questions that have cropped up in real interviews and a few pointers on how you might answer them.
- What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?
A favourite movie can say a lot about your personality. You may love an action adventure or a thriller, you may prefer a musical or a romantic comedy. Either way it tells the interviewer a lot about your personality and gives you a great opportunity to engage in a fun and interesting conversation. Just make sure you give a positive spin on your choice. For example: If your favourite film is “Kill Bill” you may want to express how fantastic the special effects are or how you admire the acting rather than being a fan of violence! Of course something like “Braveheart” would be a great choice, but be yourself and be passionate about your answer.
- On a scale of 1-10, how lucky are you?
Ok, so there’s a couple of ways of looking at this. Employers are looking for candidates that are positive. They certainly don’t want to hear about the unfortunate series of events you may have been through recently. Employers would probably want to hear that whilst you feel you have been lucky in your life, you feel that good luck is a result of hard work, good decisions and being in the right place at the right time.
- Tell us a joke..
Having a great sense of humour can be a great trait for any employer. The interviewer may ask this question just to see how you handle being put on the spot, or they may just want to gauge how seriously you take yourself. But be careful, there is a fine line between showing a quick witted response and going into a full blown stand up routine. Just bear in mind that the interviewer may not share your sense of humour. Here’s a good one.
“Two antennas met on a roof. They fell in love and got married. The wedding wasn't much, but the reception was great.” (sorry)!!
- It’s the apocalypse, how do you survive?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this one. An employer just wants to test your ability to think on your feet. Anything that shows common sense, working together as a team and the ability to keep calm would make a good response.
- What do you think about garden gnomes?
What? You cannot be serious. Yes, apparently this is a genuine interview question. Although this type of informal question is fairly light hearted, it’s still worth thinking how it may relate to your role. Maybe you could say how you admire their reliability, consistency and ability to focus on the job in hand!
Whatever you think about these weird and wonderful questions, it’s safe to say - be prepared because one could come your way at anytime. Good Luck!