Weird Job Interview Questions And Answers – Part 3
So, you have a job interview coming up? It is common to search for answers to the most common interview questions hiring managers are starting to use unusual interview questions in order to assess how well the job candidate responds to unexpected questions and scenarios. Let’s look at three more weird job interview questions and how to answer them.
This article is Part 3 of Weird Job Interview Questions and Answers.
Interview question 1: If you were to win $1 million what would you do with the money?
This is another hypothetical situational question to get to know your personal values and priorities. Job candidates often answer more honestly with these types of questions than asking them directly, “What things do you value the most? What things in your life do you prioritize?” Based on what you say you would do with the money, you give insight into your values and outlook on life. By learning these things, hiring managers can get a better idea of whether or not you would fit in with the company’s culture and values. Although you obviously want the job and want to convince hiring managers that you are the best candidate for the job, if your values really are very different from the company’s the truth of the matter is that you might not actually be happy in the job. It’s much better to know that ahead of time than wasting yours and the company’s time.
- Think about what you would do with the money and the values that look good a potential employer.
- Everyone has probably dreamt about winning the lottery, however, what you would tell your friends about what you would do with the money may be different than what you would tell an employer.
Example: “If I won $1 million, I would first invest half of it, and with the other half I would help my family to gain financial stability by paying off debts. With the money I had left I would go on a family holiday and invest in my favorite charity.”
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Interview question 2: If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?
If you can demonstrate the ability to think on your feet, be creative, poised and even have a sense of humor, you can impress the hiring manager. By asking these questions, hiring managers want more than a professional, rehearsed answer. They want more insight into your personality, values, and philosophy. The job market is so competitive nowadays, that companies want job candidates who can stand out amongst the crowd, and these unusual interview questions help to see just that. Use these types of questions to let your real personality shine, because that’s what employers are looking for. The answer to this question could be relevant to the job you’re applying for, but it could also just show something more about your unique personality than ordinary interview questions do.
- Try to relate the superpower you would possess to how it would benefit you personally as well as professionally.
- How would a superpower help you do your job even better?
- Don’t think about it too much. Almost any superpower would have benefits to your personal and/or work life.
Example: “If I were a superhero, I would want the power of being able to read minds. Then I could see into the client or customer’s mind to exactly what they are looking for. I could easily understand people’s personality, desires, and expectations and better fulfill and communicate with them.”
Interview question 3: In the news story of your life, what would the headline say?
This question may seem unusual and unrelated to the job interview. So what are hiring managers hoping to learn about you by asking this question? By hearing your answer to this question, hiring managers can gain insight into your general attitude and outlook on life. By asking these seemingly unrelated questions, employers can learn more about the job candidate than they might reveal in standard interview questions that they’ve had time to think about and rehearse. For example, I once asked a job candidate how they motivate their colleagues in the workplace. The candidate stated that he always had a positive attitude and encouraged others. However, when I asked him this question, he responded with “ordinary man gets hit by a bus again.” He then went on to say that throughout his life, bad things were always happening to him. Although he had presented himself as an optimistic person during the interview, his response to this question showed another, likely more accurate picture of him.
- It doesn’t really matter what your response is, as long as you have an answer and it portrays a positive side of you.
- You can add some humor and creativity in your response to this question. Just make sure that your answer won’t be taken the wrong way by the interviewer.
- This question leaves the option for not only what you have already accomplished in your life, but what you hope to have accomplished by the end of your life.
Example: “The journalist who traveled the world getting the most exclusive interviews in history.”
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