Imagine that you’re almost at the end of a job interview and things have been going rather well, all the questions have been answered with professional expertise, the other person seems…
Well, that’s just it, that’s what’s bothering you…
What if they’re not who they seem to be?
The interviewee has answered all the questions which you’ve asked them rather too expertly and professionally as though they knew what they were going to be asked and they had researched to find the exact correct answers to give, practiced their routine… they appear a little too perfect.
What if their appearance is deceiving? What if they’re not who they say they are?
What would they say if you asked them: “Are you who you say you are?“
“I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer”― Douglas Adams
What happens if you hire them and they turn out to be the employee from hell? Or just not right for the job.
What if you ask them a question or two which they couldn’t possibly have predicted they would be asked and therefore they couldn’t have researched and practiced to give the right answers?
Or maybe you’re interviewing prospective candidates for a date.
You’ve been on some terrible dates, had some scary experiences… and those people had at first seemed fun, friendly, perfect, not psychos at all until…
and so afterwards you decided to ask the people you met a few questions they weren’t expecting to see how they’d handle what they hadn’t prepared for in front of a mirror over and over again.
Of course there is that tiny matter of the flip side…
If you ask an interviewee an unusual and unexpected question, they may run away from you screaming, think you’re a psycho, decide that you were not who you seemed and appeared to be, they don’t want to work for an unprofessional nutcase like you…
but then again they might date you because if you’re a freak in speech you may also be freaky between the sheets.
If you’d like to use some unusual questions in your interviews, but can’t think of any to ask and don’t know where to find such weird things, don’t panic…
Melanie of Sparks From A Combustible Mind has collected a few for you in Share Your Thankful World. Thank you for sharing, Melanie 🙂
Are you an Early to bed, early to rise person, a night owl and day sleeper/dozer, or an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ person?
This may not seem like an unusual question, but… that’s its genius. Ask an innocuous question and a person will relax their guard. This one is easy peasy to answer – they’ll innocently think.
Knowing about someone’s routine may help you stay on the side of that matter of life or death which you prefer.
What are some misconceptions about your hobby, should you have a hobby?
Perhaps there are some people who really should not have hobbies…
…or perhaps we’ve just not taken the time to understand what it is they actually do as a hobby, and our views and opinions of their hobby are…
“…just faulty logic postulated on imperfect data collection.” – Alice Morgan, Luther.
“That’s something we all do, isn’t it, in the end? Judge who’s worth more than whom?” – Alice Morgan, Luther.
A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
I did a bit of research on this question, and apparently the right answer to give when someone asks this of you is:
“My penguin is going to come in the door and say, ‘You should hire Amanda – she’s organized and she has her stuff together. You want her to lead your team,“
Uh, yeah, but what about the sombrero?
“He had a margarita before he came in!“– cheat sheet answer via HITC: 25 of the most outrageous interview questions
Okey dokey… but whoever asked me that question might be a bit stumped by the fact that my name isn’t Amanda.
Which means I’m actually recommending that they hire someone else called Amanda.
Gosh, I’m a rather magnanimous person!? Or that might be a Machiavellian move… or a really stupid one on my part if I genuinely want to be hired as the office engineer at Clark Construction Group (considered to be the original source of that penguin question).
However if I was the interviewer and Amanda said that to me… I wouldn’t hire her, especially not after that margarita bit.
So, Amanda, let me get this straight, a penguin who has been wasting away in Margaritaville, nibbling on sponge cake while searching for his lost shaker of salt, has recommended you to lead my team… at Clark Construction Group we’re committed to safety above all else, and that penguin blew out his flip-flop, stepped on a pop top and cut his heel. Sorry, Amanda, you’re just not quite who we’re looking for… Next!
Aliens have landed…do they come in peace?
We’ll never know because we cut them into pieces to… um… understand them better…
What are you really incredibly thankful for this week?
“Arthur Dent: What happens if I press this button?― Douglas Adams
Ford Prefect: I wouldn’t-
Arthur Dent: Oh.
Ford Prefect: What happened?
Arthur Dent: A sign lit up, saying ‘Please do not press this button again.”
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!