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Perhaps the stranger the interview question, the tougher the job market.
Unless companies are desperately trying to weed out as many applicants as possible, how else could one explain an interview question like “Explain to me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years”?
That was just one of BNET’s top 25 Weirdest Interview Questions of 2010.
A few of our other favorites:
So what’s an interviewee to do?
Well, frankly, we can’t help you with the math problems. But when answering most oddball queries, especially open ended ones like, “If you were a punctuation mark, what would you be and why?”—it may be helpful to keep in mind that the “because” part of your answer is usually more important than your actual pick.
That’s because interviewers are usually just trying to get a feel for your management or leadership style, or your overall personality.
Before you answer, go over your “story” in your head (who you are, what you do, and how that fits in with the position and company in question).
Then, instead of worrying you’ll be judged for picking an m-dash over a set of ellipses, ask yourself what ideal quality the company is trying to wheedle out here. You may think of something like innovation, or creativity, or detail-oriented. Great! Work back from that to your answer.
“Period, because I finish what I start,” or “Exclamation point, because of my passion and enthusiasm.”
And there you have it: your answer to the bizarre interview question.
Unless that question is "How many traffic lights are in Manhattan?" (Reportedly from Argus Information and Advisory Services). Then you’re in trouble.
BNET’s top 25 Weirdest Interview Questions of 2010.
-- Posted by Cathy Vandewater, Vault.com
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