What fun is it if you get asked the same old questions in every interview? It is definitely not stimulating enough. Which is why it has become extremely popular for interviewers to test the candidates by asking quirky and absolutely unexpected questions.
It is difficult enough for applicants to prepare answers for all probable interview questions, let alone a question like, “How many pennies would fit into this room?” or “How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?”
What do you do when an interviewer wants to know about your superpower would be? There are a few steps you can take to avoid being taken aback and messing up the interview.
Read on to find out.
Obvious, but the most important thing to do in this situation is to stay calm. Have you suddenly been encountered with a weird question like, “Can you tell me 10 things you could do with a pencil other than writing?” Take a deep breath, do not lose that posture of yours and put your thinking cap on. Look the interviewer in the eye. You want to appear poised and confident, even if you don’t feel that way. Maintain a smile on your face. For most of these bizarre questions, the point is to create an opportunity for your potential employer to observe the way you handle the unanticipated, think on your feet, and react or respond. Your reaction, ideally, should show how unfazed you are.
Buy some time before you answer.
Do not make the mistake of answering immediately. Tell the interviewer that you need to take a moment before you answer. Blabbering before thinking over the question is not what you should do.
Explain as you answer.
Most of these weird interview questions aim to assess your critical thinking skills. And quite often, there is no ‘right’ answer. Explaining your reasoning out loud as you respond to the question will reveal your thought process, even if you are finding it tough to arrive at the answer. The evaluation is based on the approach you are employing, so don’t worry!
Don’t lose your enthusiasm.
Yes, you are stumped by this strange turn that the interview has taken. But don’t lose your zeal! Even though you’re annoyed or frustrated, you must not show it. The key to answering well is mostly about answering enthusiastically and ardently—not what the content of your answer is.
Ask a follow-up question.
Finally, have a quick tête-à-tête about it! An amazing way to wrap up your response is to ask your interviewer how others or even how the interviewer answered this question. You could even ask what are the best responses he or she has ever heard. It’s an enjoyable way to demonstrate your interest in the company culture.
Rather than treating startling questions like, “Tell me a joke,” as some annoyance, think of them as an outstanding opportunity to show off your quick wit and have fun. Your interviewer definitely is.