Interviews are a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times.
But, in recent times, interview questions have become even more difficult to prepare for, with a trend among employers to ask ‘out-of-the-box’ questions.
‘Why are manholes round?’, ‘If you were a vegetable, which type would you be?’, and ‘You’re shrunk to a tiny size and get stuck in a blender – how do you get out?’ are just some of the questions that have reportedly been asked in interviews over the years.
Of course, may of these questions have no right answer, with prospective employers asking them in order to determine how a candidate reacts under pressure or to assess their ability to think creatively or analytically.
The big tech firms are among the most notorious for asking these unexpected interview questions, which inspired the people at KickResume to compile this infographic, detailing some of the more difficult questions tech giants have put to prospective candidates, with some suggestions on how you might answer them.
But two pieces of advice seem to be key when it comes to these unusual interview questions: don’t panic, and don’t say ‘I don’t know’.
Interview questions: how would you respond?
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