Employers are using unusual questions in their candidate selection process for new reasons. The job search advice industry is so prolific that any candidate who researches knows he should prepare brief responses in advance to frequent standard questions.
These include job interview questions such as: "what are your strengths and weaknesses" and "what makes you the most qualified candidate for this job."
Interviewers use unusual job interview questions to assess how well the candidate responds to an unexpected question or scenario. Most unusual job interview questions do not have right or wrong answers. These job interview questions provide the candidate with the opportunity, according to Sarikas, "to demonstrate quick thinking, creativity, and even a sense of humor."
She says, "The interviewers are trying to catch a glimpse of the unrehearsed candidate in an unguarded moment. There is no way to prepare for these off-the-wall job interview questions so the interviewer is able to observe how the candidate responds and composes his or her thoughts. Some interviewers also ask unusual job interview questions to gain insight into the candidate's thought processes … they want to see how the candidate will think about the unusual job interview question."
Actual Tough/Unusual Job Interview Questions
· If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
· If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
· If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
· If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
· If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs -- such as food and water -- were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
· If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
· If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
· If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
· If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
· If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
· If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
· If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be?
· If you were a car, what type would you be?
· In the news story of your life, what would the headline say?