Tuesday 4 February 2014

Some Strange Interview Questions...!

Some employers might just love to ask crazy brainteaser interviews. Be careful though! The way you answer is likely to influence your employer's decision!

The following are some strange interview questions that are testing an array of skills:

1.  'If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?' 
Take into account the type of job and try to come up with a response that fits. If the position involves style, design and colour, answer by incorporating your interest in and passion for those topics as they relate to cereal.

If you question the value of the inquiry itself by responding, 'Is this related to the job?' you might as well get up and walk out of the interview. (Unless they are looking for a contrary or difficult candidate, which is unlikely.)

Some people do act in this manner when they feel under pressure, such as during an interview. If you are unfortunate enough to have an interviewer that asks you these kind of questions, there is only one thing left to do: play along!

2. If an employer asks, 'If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?' don't reply 'Take the job and shove it' if you want the position!

Keep in mind a few key things if you need to reply to a brain teaser:
It's okay (and highly advisable) to stop and think before you answer, and even to ask for clarification if there are any details you are not sure of.
The interviewer is trying to learn how you would act as an employee. Try to answer the question in a way that showcases the skills you have for the job. For instance, if the position is mathematical, use mathematical skills, and so on.
If you get flustered, or even worse, you feel like giving up mid-way through the interview, you will not get the job. 

Do the best you can and keep a smile on your face. 

Most probably, the aim of the question is for the employer to know what your 'gut feeling' would be like or how capable you are to handle a challenge. It may not be so important as to the type of answer you give, but more of 'how' you handle the question. Remember, your attitude will make you... or break you!

Article adapted from Aol Jobs

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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