You Will Get Weird Interview Questions — Most of Them Are Designed to Get at the “Real You”

Interviews are stressful.  You want to be on your best behavior and impress the interviewer.  But savvy interviewers know this.  Many of them will come up with weird questions to try to get at the “true you.”

This article lays out eight questions some interviewers say they use to try to figure out if you’re the right person for the job.

Some of these are bizarre.  One (the last one) is downright deceitful in my opinion.  If an employer is gong to lie to me just to see how badly I want a job in his company, I know that I don’t want a job in his company.  That’s my take at least.

If I were asked the elephant question, I would answer, “Find out if the circus is in town, call them and ask them to come and pick up their elephant.”  That’s a pretty flippant response, and may not get me the job.  But then again do I really want to work for somebody that asks crazy questions like that?

I would humor Richard Branson and tell him a joke, but I would have to ask for a couple of seconds to think of one first.

The whole point here is that no matter how much you prepare for an interview you’ll be likely to get a few curve balls thrown your way,  Do your best — and more important — let your true self show through.  In most cases, the questions aren’t designed for you to come up with the right answer.  They’re designed to get a feel for who you are as a human being.

Your career mentor,


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