Feedback from our candidates shows that more and more employers are asking unusual and behavioural job interview questions as part of their interview process.
They are using unusual questions to assess how well the candidate responds to an unexpected question or scenario. Most unusual job interview questions do not have right or wrong answers. These job interview questions provide the candidate with the opportunity to demonstrate quick thinking, poise, creativity, and even a sense of humour. Employers are trying to catch a glimpse of the unrehearsed candidate in an unguarded moment and from them can assess your thinking skills and cultural fit..
Behavioral job interview questions are also a common approach during candidate job interviews. They assess how candidates handled similar situations in the past, and how they will cope in the future, and how quickly the candidate can think on their feet.
It is difficult prepare for these off-the-wall job interview questions but we have compiled an example list of unusual questions to get you in the right frame of mind before your big day…….
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs — such as food and water — were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
If you won £20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be?
How do I rate as an interviewer?
If you were a car, what type would you be?
Who do you admire most and why?
In the news story of your life, what would the headline say?
Describe a situation when you took a risk professionally. What was the outcome?
Tell me about a time others disagreed with your recommended course of action. How did you persuade them to your plans and what were the results?
Describe a situation where you worked effectively as part of a team to accomplish a goal on time and within budget. What was your role? What did you learn?
Describe a situation in which you worked as part of a team but your team failed to accomplish the goal on time and within budget. What was your role? What did you learn?
How would your current boss or a team member describe you? What would he/she say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Describe a complex problem you had to solve and walk me through your thinking as your solved it.
Tell me about a creative solution you developed for a challenging situation or problem.
Describe a situation working in a group or team where there was interpersonal conflict. Describe how you approached the conflict. What worked and what didn’t? How did you manage the outcome?
Describe a situation you feel you should have handled differently.
Describe a situation in which you aspired to reach a goal. What obstacles did you confront along the way? What did you do to overcome them?
What is the most stressful situation you have handled and what was the outcome?
Tell me about a time when you had to win someone over to your way of thinking. How did you accomplish this? What was the outcome?