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Curious questions in a job interview
When in an interview, you’ll find that sometimes recruiters ask questions that you weren’t expecting, they might be weird to hear, but we assure you, they are telling the recruiter exactly what they want to hear about you. Knowing some of these questions gives us important information that we can use to prepare ourselves for the job interview and maximize the effectiveness of our answers.
The questions are indicative to the interviewer, sometimes they’re not interested in the direct answer you give them, they’ll actually be reading in between the lines of your every word, to find some indications about how well you adapt to different situations, and your capacity for performance you’ll have in the available positions. You may not know it, but you could be giving out more information than you think, by answering curious questions.
For you to excel your responses you should:
- Always take your time before you answer, you’ll be able to think and respond with clear thoughts.
- The answer should be orientated to fulfill the utility of the available position.
- Your answers should be short and clear, you’ll leave open the possibility of dialogue.
A video by Ivonne Vargas, A specialist in HR in “ZonaJobs” gives us an insight of the possible curious questions we might be asked in a job interview:
- What was the last book you read?
This question is asked to figure out how you’ve continued your education process throughout your life and how you’re making progress in areas related to your professional life.
- With what superhero, do you identify the most?
This is asked to see what attributes you appreciate in a hero and project to yourself. Are you a superhero that works incognito in a fictional city, or do you show yourself in the real world, take risks and obtain results immediately?
- What did you do over the weekend?
With this question, the recruiter will find out how you distribute your time after work, if you talk about relaxing and spending time with your family or friends, you’ll be showing yourself as a person that can balance work and personal life perfectly.
- Would you rather be the 1st employee and not get along with your co-workers or be number 15th and be friends with everyone?
For this question, there are no right or wrong answers, it simply shows how your work style is. Maybe you like to be on the top, show results and care little about what others have to say, or maybe you show results but care more about relationships and teamwork.
- What would you do if you stumbled with a rock in your path?
This question denotes your current emotional state, creativity, and problem-solving skills. You may toss the rock away (shows you’re able to overcome your problems fast or that you have a low tolerance), save it, keep it as a souvenir, etc.
And even more!
Most of this questions don’t have a right answer, it depends mostly on what job you’re aspiring to. If you are asked one of these questions, think about what you’re going to say and how your answer will benefit the company, therefore, you’ll reply calmly and smartly, which is the response every recruiter is looking for.