Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Is there a way to deal with silly interview questions? Probably, but some of those silly questions are just designed to throw you off and see if you can think on your feet.
I am not a big fan of what I call; The Games of Interviewing
, but unfortunately some of the companies that you will be interviewing with are big fans. I tend to be more interested in the candidate and what they can do, not throw silly questions out to see how you respond, but that's just me.
So what is the purpose of these silly questions? What I have been told is it's designed to see if the candidates can think on their feet when they're asked a question that has absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand. Confusing? Yes. Interesting? No. Can this tell you about a candidate? No.
Let me give you some examples of what I am talking about. If you're in the medical field interviewing for a medical position the interviewer might ask you, "Why do elephants have tusks?" or "When was the last time you went to the circus?" or my all time favorite, "Tell me a funny story about yourself" Yikes!
The companies that do these types of interviews will tell you there really isn't a wrong answer. Wrong! That's what they say, but it's not true! Believe me, they paid a lot of money for these tests and questionnaires and (according to them) there is a right way and wrong way to answer these silly questions.
It is impossible to give you answers to every possible silly question you might receive in an interview, right? And the company just wants to see if you can think on your feet anyway, so how do you prepare? How do you respond to odd questions? How fast can you come back with an answer? How do you deal with adversity? If you don't know, what should you do?
My recommendation is to practice with someone in your family. Have this family member ask you typical questions like, "Tell me about yourself?" or "What are your greatest strengths?" etc., then have this family member throw you some curve balls by throwing in some silly questions, but make sure they don't tell you ahead of time what those silly questions will be. Practicing this will help you think on your feet. The games of interviewing
will always be there because companies have been burned so many times with bad hires. Companies will try just about anything if they think it will help them find the perfect candidate. Don't take this lightly! If you do not answer these silly questions the "right way" you will not get the position. So practice, practice, and practice! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!