Quirky Interview Questions

Quirky Interview Questions

Most of us prepare in advance for the usual questions at an interview, which may not be very creative (“Name three of your biggest weaknesses?”). Some crazy questions can take us by surprise, like:

  • What flavour of icecream do you see yourself as?
  • How many pencils would fit inside this room?

These questions test our presence of mind, creativity, poise and preparedness for the unexpected.

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Recruiters and hiring managers are going increasingly offbeat and testing the agility of the employees due to the unusual demands of the modern corporate office.

If oddball questions are thrown at you, which they will be, you need to respond with ease, not getting fluxed or stunned. Take it as a game and use your presence of mind.

One should not comment on the wackiness of the unexpected interview question. Stay relaxed and don’t show a nervous body language. Keeping your cool is part of the answer.

You can take a deep breath and pause, collecting your thoughts. Be comfortable with this game and do not ask for feedback, as it can give away your composure.

  • A wild question does not mean an equally wild answer.
  • You can utilize this free hit to showcase your authenticity, morals and values.
  • You can show concern regarding the safety and well-being of your team members, or the fact that you are a team-player by weaving that into the answer.
  • Your answer should reflect that you would be an asset to any company.

Example: If asked what kind of tree you would like to be, you can answer that you would be like a leader, a large oak tree, or like an apple tree, being useful and beautiful at the same time.

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