Before a job interview, you spend hours crafting and rehearsing responses to commonly asked questions, so it’s always rattling when the hiring manager throws you a curveball. Many employers enjoy asking incredibly strange interview questions as a way to see how quickly you think on your feet and to get a genuine, unscripted response.
While some of these questions may appear incredibly strange on the surface, they offer telling insights on your true personality and passion for the work, so take your response very seriously.
Learn the meanings behind the three unconventional interview questions below and how to give the perfect response.
- What do you think you will dislike about this position?
If you’re asked this question, the hiring manager is clearly setting you up to reveal why you’re not a good fit for the job, so don’t take the bait. It’s fine to say you’re excited about the job and can’t imagine you would hate any of it, but that could be seen as a bit cheesy. Instead, use the question to highlight one of your strengths: “In the past I found it difficult to speak in front of crowds so I took a Dale Carnegie course and find I actually enjoy it once I get past the initial butterflies.” The key to this question is showing that you are able to identify issues and find solutions.
- Can you drive in bad weather?
No, this question isn’t a way to find out if you’ll claim you can’t get to work every time Michiana gets an inch of snow. Instead, the interviewer wants to know if you’re willing to push yourself when the going gets a little rough or if you’re someone who can’t handle pressure. Say you can certainly drive in bad weather; it just requires increased focused and a little creative thinking to get to your destination safely.
- Name a historical figure you would like to have dinner with.
This question is designed to reveal your true passion for your work, so choose a historical figure that made an impact in your field. For example, if you’re interviewing for a job in the financial industry, say you would like to meet Amadeo P. Giannini, because of his work to make banking services available to everyone, or if you’re vying for a sales position, Napoleon Barragan — the founder of 1-800-Mattress and one of the first people to successfully use a 1-800 number —would be a great choice.
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