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Weird Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

Weird interview questions are not meant to trick people, as the majority might think. They help recruiters or hiring managers to clarify the qualities of a candidate, as many of them cannot be "read" in a resume. The answer shows how you think, how you would react to hypothetical situations or to interactions with difficult personalities, how creative you are - in a word if you fit the company culture.

Below is a list of strange and weird questions that my candidates received during interviews:

  • Teach me how to make an omelette.

  • I'll give you $50,000. How would you spend it?

  • What’s your favourite cartoon and why?

  • What’s your favourite dessert and why?

  • If you were a grandfather/grandmother, what would you say to your nephews?

  • If you could be a superhero, who would it be and why?

  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

  • If you were a singer, what would the name of your debut album be?

  • How would you react if you found out that your boss was having an affair with a colleague

  • What qualities do you least like about your parents?

  • Are you honest? Why?

  • Can you tell me 5 things you could do with a fork except eating?

  • What was the last gift you gave someone?

  • Which song describes you best?

  • Say you are dead, what would your eulogy say about you?

There is no right answer to such weird interview questions, it’s only a way to assess your critical thinking.

I have some advice on how to react to strange questions during an interview:

  • First of all, stay calm. People only want to find out about yourself, they don't mean it badly.

  • Buy some time by letting the interviewer know that the question seems interesting and that you need some time to think about the answer.

  • Think of the fact that the answer to this question should be job-related. It will decide whether you have the right skills for the job.

Good luck to all job seekers out there. May you ace the interviews!

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