Your interview is going great; you came prepared and have the questions you want to ask them in your mind. The interviewer has discussed the position, the company, benefits, and everything else in between. You could walk away right now, fully aware of the company’s goals and mission and how you can contribute to that. In short, you are confident and feel good. Then the interviewer throws you a curveball: One of the weirdest or most unique questions you’ve ever been asked… “If you could be any dog breed, what breed would you be and why?” So, why are hiring managers asking these unique interview questions?
What is the point of asking unique interview questions?
More and more companies are shifting their hiring strategies, and with that can come some curveballs for candidates. Asking strange or off-the-wall interview questions alongside more serious questions can reveal different things about a candidate; they allow hiring managers to see how candidates respond to unexpected situations, showcasing their creativity and flexibility. They are an excellent way to break the ice and help an employee relax at the beginning of an interview or ask them at the end to conclude the conversation on a positive note.
How to respond
When it comes to funny interview questions, the answer is usually not important. Hiring managers are not looking for the correct answer; they are looking at how you arrived there. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare your response:
- Take your time. Don’t feel pressured to come up with an answer right away. You want to show the interviewer that you are thinking about it thoroughly and not just saying the first thing that came to mind.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Opening the conversation allows you to better understand what is being asked.
- Walk them through it. It is all about the process, after all! They want to hear how you solve it, not necessarily just your answer.
- Engage with the interviewer. These out of the box questions are meant to be interactive, so it doesn’t have to be one-sided.
Wrapping up an interview successfully after you have made it past all the questions is pivotal. It is essential not to forget to:
- Ask specific questions about the job and company that you are interested in.
- Restate your interest in the position and explain why you are the right candidate for the position.
- Ask what the next steps are or what you should expect next.
- And most importantly, don’t forget to send the interviewer(s) a thoughtful thank-you email to make you stand out.
Working with a team of recruiters that value your career as much as they value their own, like those from Johnson Search Group, is an excellent way to prepare for your next interview. Reach out to me at email@example.com if you are ready to take your career to the next level.