Have you ever been asked a bizarre interview question that made you freeze up or feel like a deer in headlights? Yes, we've all been there! In the recruiting world, we like to call these wacky questions: behavioral interviewing. They are meant to push you out of your comfort zone and force you to think outside of the typical interview questions like, “Tell me a bit about yourself,” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses,”. Hiring managers will often sprinkle one or two of these oddball questions into the interview process to catch you off-guard and see how you react under pressure. Your answers to these types of questions allows companies to get an idea about your thought process, your problem solving skills, and gauge your ability to clearly and effectively communicate your thoughts. Here are some examples:

1. Tell me something that you have failed at. How did this change your approach to succeed?

2. Please name all the holidays.

3. If you were hosting a party, tell me what steps you would take in planning the party?

4. What are stamps used for?

5. If you are lost in the woods, how would you get out?

6. If Mt Everest is the tallest mountain, what is the name of the tallest mountain prior to that?

7. Why is a man hole cover round?

How would you answer the questions above? There is really no wrong or right answer, so it all boils down to how you put your thought process into place. Instead of viewing these types of questions in a negative light, view them as a chance to set yourself apart from the competition. These questions are difference makers and should be your chance to get creative, think outside of the box, and show your true personality.

One tip I can offer is that the interviewer may also be looking for someone who is humble enough to say, “I don't know!” or, to ask more clarifying questions to guide you towards a solution.

Hope this helps you prepare for an interview because you never know what wacky questions could come across the table! Remember, the unexpected always happens.

For more practice on behavioral interview questions, check out this list of Glassdoor’s Top Oddball Interview Questions for 2015: https://www.glassdoor.com/Oddball-Interview-Questions-LST_KQ0,27.htm

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Topics: Staffing & Hiring

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Kent is a Sr. Technical Acquisition Consultant at Xtreme, recruiting for both technical and non-technical roles. Outside of the office, Kent enjoys watching old black & white televisions series, learning about cultural history, and waking up early to see the sun rise.