Most of us have been asked an unusual interview question or know someone who has. Oftentimes, the most unusual questions that are asked during an interview also have the tendency to be the most important. The purpose behind asking these questions is to help the interviewer gauge a job candidate’s ability to think on their feet, reason critically or creatively, solve problems, stay calm under pressure and manage stress.
The following are five unusual interview questions asked by well recognized companies:
There are a multitude of questions like this that could be asked and some companies are notorious for asking them. Though verbal and psychological curve balls like these can be challenging, it is important to remain calm and think on your feet. Typically the interviewer is not seeking a specific answer, but is more so testing your ability to develop a logical response. One way to buy yourself a few seconds of time is by repeating the question to the interviewer in an effort to make sure you understand it.
The following are helpful hints to prepare for unusual questions during your interview:
Many companies hire personalities and people – not paper qualifications and experience. Your answer is usually not as important as how you react to the question and your ability to think on your feet. Keep in mind, if you’ve made it to the interview then the company liked you enough to meet you in person. Be yourself and let your personality shine.
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