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We all go into a job interview ready for the normal everyday questions. ‘Why do you want to work here, what are your best qualities etc.” But bizarre interview questions are often asked because they will sometimes tell the hiring manager more about you than you realize. Here are some real questions that managers, owners and company presidents say they ask in interviews and why:
What is your go-to karaoke song?
It gives a sense of the candidate’s personality and life outside of work, but also shows us if candidates are willing to have fun while being put under pressure
If you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be?
Gives the candidate the opportunity to demonstrate quick thinking, creativity, poise, out of the box thinking, and even humor.
Do you like puzzles? What kind?
The answer this person says they are looking for is… multiple puzzles. The more complicated the better. Physical puzzles are the best. Jigsaw puzzles say a candidate is lazy.
Why Should I NOT Hire you?
This question can be misconstrued for the ‘what is your biggest weakness’ question, where you try to turn that weakness into a strength. But this interviewer is looking for you to reveal goals and motivations.The key to answering this question is to use the word if, not because. For example, you should not hire me if, you feel that another candidate shows more dedication to the position, more alignment with your values and goals, and more willingness to do whatever it takes.
When I speak to your last boss, what is he or she going to say about you?
This manager said they were amazed at the things candidates revealed. They’ll very often tell you things that their last boss would never have brought up.