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The 9 strangest interview questions asked in 2015

07/01/2016

Matt Stevens from TalentLens UK looks at nine weird and wonderful interview questions asked in 2015

It's official: January is the most popular month for job changes.

The biggest reason cited by employees is low salary, followed by needing a new challenge and boredom. Having taken the plunge, spruced up the CV and dusted down the lucky suit, what kind of questions can you expect to face?

The good news for job hunters is that according to the CBI / Accenture Employment Trends Survey, the UK labour market is on the rise.

Unemployment is at just over 5%, nearly matching levels last seen in 2008, placing the UK ahead of all western developed economies aside from Germany. As the below image shows, this compares with 10% for France and the USA, 12% for Italy and 25% for Spain.

 

    

The flip side for those looking to imminently switch jobs is that the buoyant job market means more competition.

This has the knock on effect of employers increasingly seeking objective ways of sifting candidates, coupled with innovative ways of assessing their attributes or personality traits later in the recruitment process.  
 

The Interview

Most interview questions will be fairly formulaic, attempting to measure candidates against required job competencies. However, employers have a tendency to surprise interviewees with 'oddball' items that can distract and interrupt the flow of even the best prepared.

Designed to stimulate critical thinking, 'derailer' questions are typically intended to reveal problem solving skills and candidates' cultural fit to the organisation (and vice versa). 

Now on to the fun bit.

 

The 9 strangest interview questions asked in 2015.

1. What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?

2. If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

3. Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

4. If you had a machine that produced £100 for life what would you be willing to pay for it today?

5. What did you have for breakfast?

6. Describe the colour yellow to somebody who's blind

7. If you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?

8. How many people flew out of Chicago last year?

9. Who is your favourite Disney Princess?

 

The above list was complied by Glassdoor. Here are some suggested answers and more examples of tough interview questions from the TalentLens blog.

 

Don't panic!

The reason employers ask seemingly odd questions is to see if candidates can think on their feet. The actual answer to the question is not really the point - of interest to the interviewers is how the interviewee attempts to work through the problem.

 

Practice your critical thinking or numerical problem solving skills.

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