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What type of biscuit would you be & other curveball interview questions
We’ve all been there, sat in a serious interview all prepared to answer those tricky interview questions such as ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?’ only for the interviewer to ask something completely leftfield which takes you by surprise – you haven’t prepared for this!
Don’t panic these questions aren’t meant to catch you out, the interviewer is asking these alternative questions to see how you deal with a challenging situation, to test your creativity and how well you think on your feet. Remember there is unlikely to be a right or wrong answer to these unusual questions and they probably won’t impact on your ability to do the job. The interviewer may ask if you’d rather be a “wolf than a butterfly” or “how many people are on Facebook in London at 2.30pm on a Thursday” it is not about if you know the answer, the interviewer is asking to assess the way you go about tackling the question.
When faced with a random question don’t be afraid to ask for a minute to think your answer through. Take a deep breath and think about why they might be asking the question, it is usually for them to get under the surface of your ‘interview persona’ and find out what your values and motivators are. The interviewer could also just be trying to loosen you up and get you chatting so that they can get an idea of your personality, this is especially important for companies where working with a close knit team is vital. For this reason don’t be afraid to show a bit of personality and ‘think outside the box’ – as long as you can explain your answer anything goes!
Most interviewers will be interested in how you go about tackling the question so make sure you talk through your answer and the reason you have reached the conclusion you have made even if it is slightly unusual!
Aimee Bateman, of CareercakeTV, says ‘Firstly, think about why they are asking it. They want to know what you value and what motivates you so give them what they want then sell the benefits of the attributes you have highlighted and how you will these to the job/team’.
As you can imagine we’ve heard all sorts of weird and wonderful questions over the years and here are some of our favourites:
1 - What type of animal (dog/cat/farm/jungle) would you be and why?
2 - What person, living or dead, do you least admire?
3 - What type of biscuit would you be?
4 – If you could have any celebrity parents, alive or dead, who would they be?
5 – Which Disney character would you be?
6 – If you were trapped in a closed fridge how would you escape?
7 - What superhero would you be and why?
8 - You have 5 minutes to teach me a new skill – go!
9 – If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be?
10 – Tell us how you got ready this morning.
As you can see the variety of questions you can be asked are almost endless, even just in these 10 examples there are so many possible answers. If you’re faced with a curve ball question the main thing is not to panic, to think through your answer and explain the logic behind your answer. If you do all of this we’re sure you’ll smash any random question which comes your way.
If you’ve ever been faced with a curveball interview question we’d love to hear it – let us know in the comments below.