Top 4 Reasons you Get Asked Wacky Interview Questions

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Seriously what are these questions all about anyway? If you haven't experienced them, you are lucky but at some point you likely will.

The real question I know you want answered is, what is the right answer?

So let's take these issues one at a time:
1) Why do interviewers ask strange interview questions?
2) How do I answer them when they are asked?

Okay let's start with #1. First of all one size does not fit all. Interviewers ask off the wall questions for various reasons:

1) Because they think they will be better interviewers if they ask the "cool questions". In actuality many interviewers haven't been trained at interpreting answers. And that can definitely work in your favor.

2) Wacky questions that don't seem to have logical answers are many times disguised as intelligence tests. Here's a good one for example:

Q: Why are man hole covers round?
A: Oops be careful! The "right" answer is that round covers are the same distance apart at any given diameter and therefore cannot fall into the hole. So in actuality this is an intelligence test. But what if the interviewer doesn't know that? That leads me to #3.
3) Wacky questions are used to disguise questions that can't legally be asked. For example:

Q: What type of people do you not like to work around?
A: Although this question actually seems straight forward, the interviewer may be trying to get you to discuss politics or certain types of people that you don't like to be around, even though they can't come right out and ask you about a particular group of people. A good answer to a question like this would be to say that although you get along with everyone, you prefer to work with people who like to be challenged and reach the next level, both personally and professionally.

4) The last and most common reason you get asked wacky interview questions is just to see how you react. Ultimately the interviewer is trying to find out a little about your personality. Are you creative? Are you logical? Can you think through situations that don't seem to have a solution? Do you add an element of humor in your answer? The list goes on and on. I recall a question that in hindsight wasn't too wacky but I gave a wacky answer that clinched the job and completely differentiated me from the rest of the people vying for the job.

I was interviewing for a recruiting position. The president of the company asked me, "What is the best way to recruit". And my answer, "The best way to recruit is to not to have to".

You see I did my homework before the interview and I knew that retention was a sore subject with the company and a big part of the job description that I was applying for. I got the job of course, not because I was the most qualified, in fact I didn't have any recruiting experience. I got the job because I was the most prepared.

So there you have it, the most qualified person rarely gets the job. And how you should answer interview questions depends completely on the expectations of the interviewer.

Colin Daymude, Chief Employment Officer at The Job Genius specializes in teaching active job search strategies that dramatically reduce the time a candidate spends in the market. He does this by taking Human Resources and Recruiters out of the equation. Download the free e-book, Getting Past the Gatekeepers at www.thejobgenius.com

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