Think you’re ready for your next job interview? Think again. In today’s highly competitive job market, employers are increasingly asking creative questions during the hiring process. Some questions are designed to test how quickly you can think on your feet, while others are aimed at getting to go beyond the surface level.
How would you answer these questions?
- What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? This question was posed to a candidate applying for an associate analyst position at Gallop.
- What song best describes your work ethic? Just a hunch, but we don’t think that Sleeping In by Pop Etc. would be a good answer. This question was asked to someone interviewing for a Dell consumer sales position.
- A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? Even if you don’t know how to answer, never say, “I don’t know.” The man who replied, “Where’s the sun screen?” got the position at Clark Construction Group.
- Can you say ‘Peter Pepper picked a pickled pepper’ and cross sell a washing machine at the same time? We have a feeling that MasterCard was trying to gauge the candidate’s ability to multitask.
- How many cows are in Canada? Since this question was asked for a local data quality evaluator position at Google, hopefully he was allowed to Google the answer.
The reality is that no matter how diligently you prepare for an interview, it’s always impossible to tell what the interviewer will ask. Regardless of how bizarre the question, you want to be honest, memorable, and you.