Anyone who's ever endured one or more job interviews in their career would have undoubtedly answered a few stock-standard interview questions.
Something along the lines of: ''where do you see yourself in 5 years?'' or ''what are your strongest attributes?'' are basic examples.
But what happens when you are thrown a curveball and asked a series of unusual interview questions that make zero sense?
What is the relevancy behind interviewers in today's modern age asking these weird questions? Find out more in this blog!
Nowadays, interview preparation is essential. If you haven't done your research on a company, prepare for interview embarrassment.
To add to this, many large corporates and smaller enterprises are catching onto the idea of asking random interview questions- but it's not just for fun!
The likes of Google, Apple, and Facebook are well-known for their weird interview questions, and yes, there is a method behind this madness...
Many of these weird interview questions are being asked for a good reason. And while it may seem terrifying in the moment, staying calm is super important!
What most hopeful candidates need to know is that an interviewer is not looking for a textbook correct answer. In fact, many of these odd questions don't have one.
What they are trying to determine is how quickly a candidate can think on their feet, which demonstrates how they approach a tough situation.
But most importantly, these strange questions are thought up to test your positivity, proactiveness, and progress in the face of a challenge.
Along with this, elements of your personality tend to reveal themselves. A candidate's answer also demonstrates their level of quick thinking, creativity, and sense of humor.
Some may say these questions are a ''trick'' or set up to catch you off-guard. And this isn't all that far from the truth.
The truth is that interviewers have heard all the standard answers to all the standard questions they ask. The priority behind asking unusual questions is to catch a glimpse of a candidate in a real, unguarded moment.
In the mind of the interviewer, the more unusual the question, the better. Why? Because there is no chance a candidate can prepare their answer.
The objective of asking off-the-wall interview questions is to observe a candidate's true and honest response. It also allows an interviewer to take note of how they compose their thoughts.
This is especially important for highly technical job positions or those that require plenty of creative, out-the-box thinking.
It's important, however, that an interviewer has a rough idea of the answer they're looking for. If not an exact answer, then a logical thought process which fits the bill for that position.
The first three questions have all been asked by Facebook, Google, and Apple, respectively:
If these weren't strange enough here are a few more to blow your mind:
If you're ever caught completely off-guard during an interview remember to remain calm, take a deep breath, and allow yourself time to answer. Granted, your interviewer will understand!
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