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Interview Questions That May Have No Right Answer

A while back, a large computer software company used to ask candidates, “If you could be any kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?”  When I share this with my candidates, I get fun answers, like “I’d be a coffee maker because I’m a morning person.”  Or, “A stovetop–I’ve always got several burners going at once.”  The reality is, there is no right answer.  This is a “panic question.”  The interviewer wants to throw a question at you that you’re not expecting and see how (quickly, rationally and calmly) you respond. 

Although, some of these zany questions do strive to understand your personality. Sometimes it can be hard to define what exactly is the “right answer.”  Understanding the corporate culture before interviewing can help determine if your personality is a fit or not.  Then the answer will likely be fitting since your personality is in line with theirs.  For example, Applebee’s has asked in the past “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” Your answer would likely be different if asked by a law firm or bank, right?

There are many crazy questions.  And they can always dream up more.  The key is to always show confidence, take a moment to think through your answer (a few seconds may seem long, but it’s not as long as you think), and be honest.

Here are a few more supplied by Glassdoor that you may find interesting, or at least humorous.

Link:  Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

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January 17, 2014 - Posted by | Interviewing 101

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