Tip: Handling Oddball Interview Questions

24 December 2007 at 9:29PM Leave a comment

On the Yahoo HotJobs career advice page, Robert McCauley presents some ideas about how to handle those… er… interesting interview questions.

Oddball Interview Questions
How to Handle Random or Bizarre Queries
Robert McCauley, Robert Half International

“If you could be any animal, what would it be?” Hiring managers are increasingly posing such off-the-wall queries during job interviews in an effort to gauge a prospective employee’s fit with the company’s corporate culture.

I’ve worked with hiring managers who relied on questions like these. One would ask every candidate, “How would you figure out the weight of an airplane without using a scale.” Matt was looking for some mathematical way the weight could be calculated. My favorite answer came from a marketing type: “I’m sure a big company like that would have a web page. I’d just go to their web page and look up the weight.”


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