Handling Weird Job Interview Questions

It is a familiar feeling. You are sitting in a room giving your best answers to questions about your experience and employment history. Then out of nowhere you get thrown a curve ball by the interviewer, “Imagine that you are a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?”

“What an odd question”, you wonder.

These questions, termed curveball questions, are a type of questions employers may ask unexpectedly during your job interview. And while they may catch you off-guard, it is usually an opportunity for you to loosen up and give your interviewer a chance to learn more about the real you.

A good way to handle curveball questions would be to focus on your approach to the problem rather than your actual answer.


Stay Calm

The question may stump you, but try not to get flustered and appear calm and confident to your interviewer even if you do not necessarily feel that way. Take a deep breath and maintain eye contact with your interviewer as you prepare and deliver your response.


Take Time

Your interviewer is not expecting an immediate answer at your fingertips so take your time to process and consider the nature of the peculiar question before answering. Time taken to consider the question is important to craft the direction of your response.


Reason out Loud 

A good way to respond would also to be to reason out loud, so even if you do struggle to reach an answer, you would have at least shown your thought process, which is often what the interviewer is looking for. If you are completely confused by the question, ask some clarifying questions. This helps to not only provide you with the clarity you need but also buys you more time to formulate a suitable response. The main reason interviewers enjoy asking these bizarre questions are because they assess your creativity, your ability to think logically and on your feet. So while it may seem daunting to be unexpectedly asked what type of tree you would be, you should remember that these types of questions have typically no right answers. So focus on the structure of your thought process rather than your answer.


Think About the Role

A good thing to keep in mind is that interview questions function to determine your suitability for the job. And if you are able to think of a response that highlights a particular skill or quality that qualifies you for the role, you would have a leg up on the interview. For example, if the interviewer asks what would the name of your debut album be, you could say “electric blue, because I am both energetic and calm under pressure.” Ultimately, it is important to remain calm and confident when you take the interviewer through the steps to your derived answer. After all, it is your thought process that matters more than your final answer. A reasonable rationale and attempt at a logical answer will show your willingness to have fun with the unusual question, which will be appreciated by the interviewer.



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