Examples of Unusual Questions For Interviews

  • What is Your Natural Strength? This takes a broader look at the candidate’s abilities.
  • What Kind Of Animal Would You Be? And Why? This may be a fun question but the ‘why’ part provides the interviewer with new insights about the candidate.
  • What Is The Biggest Misperception People Have About You? This question reveals how self-aware the candidate is, and how honest he can be.
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Sharing a meal provides the recruiter with a big opportunity to observe the candidate, like how they make eye contact, how polite they are, or the way they ask questions.

One can see what frustrates or flusters them and if they are patient or agitated. The whole personality of the candidate can be gauged by one meal with them.

The Art Of Hiring

Hiring, according to top corporate leaders, should not just be the standard job interview, which has become predictable and routine, but something creative and challenging.

One has to find new ways to find out how a person thinks, taking them out of their ‘seat of comfort’. Allowing candidates to speak their mind, or providing them challenging situations to work on can be a better indicator of their employability.

One has to check if the candidate is genuinely interested in the job or is just checking all boxes of dressing right and talking right to land up with an offer letter.

How they treat and interact with others (like the guy handing them the coffee) also helps gauge their personality. One can take the candidate on a tour inside the company building, noticing how they ask questions, or how curious they are.

Skills, which can be taught, are not as important nowadays as the candidate’s self-awareness and mental agility where he/she is prepared for out-of-the-box questions and surprises.

Asking unusual questions that illuminate the creative side of the candidate while providing valuable insights into their personality are much better than the usual fare, which the candidate is already expecting.

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Answers To Common Interview Questions
  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t tell your life story; answer clearly and concisely. Focus on professional accomplishments.
  2. Why should we hire you over the other applicants? Say, “I don’t know the skill of others, but I do my own,” then highlight your strengths and talents. Show them how you will bring value and contribute.
  3. What’s your greatest weakness? Turn it into a positive while avoiding the “perfectionist” cliché. Instead, say, “I have weaknesses, but I focus on improving in all I do. I work through my weaknesses and leverage it by concentrating on my strengths.”
  4. What would you like me to know about you that’s not on your resume? Say, “I have the right mix of interpersonal and work-related skills to be successful. Also, my personality and skills are a good fit for this position. I’m friendly, I enjoy collaborating and working with others.” Then, add a story of how your skills and attitude made a difference.
  5. How honest are you? Straightforwardly state your high ethical standards, and offer your references as backup.
  6. How would you describe yourself in three words? State the qualities that set you apart and give a concise explanation. Focus on unique qualifications and communication skills.
  7. If you could be a superhero, what super powers would you want? Give a brief answer, tied to your professional strengths.
  8. Why do you want to work here? Say something that aligns you with what the organization does. Keep it close to the company’s stated mission if possible.
  9. Why did you leave your current employer? Don’t criticize your previous employer. Say “I’ve outgrown my opportunities there and am looking for a new opportunity to be part of a great team.”
  10. Can you tell me about a time you’ve clashed with your last manager? Tell them that clashes are unavoidable but there is a way to work through things. If you tell a story, make it mild and with a happy ending. Stay positive and focus on communication and moving forward through conflict.
  11. What would your last boss say about you? Stay brief and positive: “I’d hope they would say I work hard and learn fast. I’ve learned much from their mentorship.”
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Talk about commitment to career, improving your value to the organization and your passion for excellence. Don’t talk about your goals or dreams.

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... or some version of that is one of the most fundamental and common questions asked in any first round of a Job Interview.

Hiring managers usually like to ask this question, because it allows them to assess your communication skills, hear your narrative about the highlights of your career, and lay the foundation for follow-up questions. 

Why longer responses to "So, tell me about yourself" are better

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Tough Interview Questions

Many candidates going for an interview need to prepare for common questions that may be difficult or tricky, just to present themselves as an ideal person for the job.

It is good to know what is a strong, favourable response which the hiring managers and HR professionals might be expecting to hear.

4 of the Toughest Interview Questions, and How to Respond

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