You’re getting ready for an interview. You’re dressed in your best with your understated, but super chic pumps and designer tote in tow. You’ve spent time preparing for the interview by researching the company, who your interviewing with, and common questions and proposed answers that you think will be the topic of conversation. However, no matter how much you’ve prepared, you can’t possibly be ready for some of the most outrageous or awkward questions that could be thrown your way. You have to read this to believe it.
1. Why are there so many gaps in your resume?
Gaps within your resume are always a red flag to those reviewing them. However, even if you have them, that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you explain yourself appropriately. Regardless of the length or nature of the gap, try to relate these gaps to your field of interest.
2. What is your number one weakness?
This question can be seemingly simple, but if not answered with caution, you can easily incriminate yourself. Interviewers don’t want you to rattle off a laundry list of things you feel that you aren’t good. Instead, think about this question as a way of stating what you think you can improve upon.
3. Why should we hire you over other candidates?
Many people find it incredibly awkward to talk about themselves. This may lead to talking badly about others (that’s a no-no!) or minimizing their own passions and talents. Take this moment to shine. It’s okay to brag a bit about yourself and describe qualities about yourself that make you unique. Don’t shy away from this opportunity when it presents.
4. Do you have any questions for me?
Most people tend to answer no to this questions, which often leads to an awkward silence. In this situation, interviewers are looking for candidates to ask at least one compelling question that demonstrates that they have researched the company. This shows that you have taken one extra step than most, which speaks to your work ethic and critical thinking.
5. If you could have a theme song, what would it be?
This is a quirky, but frequent question used by interviewers to get to know you. This is another opportunity to show employers that you are unique. When shopping for an outfit for a night out on the town with your girlfriends, you wouldn’t want to be wearing the same or similar outfit as one of your friends. You’d want something that would set you apart or make you stand out. Well, employers think the same way! They don’t want the same or similar versions of what they already have. They want something new and exciting! So be creative and have fun with this one.
6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Believe it or not, this question is also commonly asked. However, employers aren’t looking for generic answers (i.e., the ability to fly or the ability to have super strength). Instead, they are looking for creative answers. So try answers like the ability to be telepathic so you can be more in tune with the way of thinking or needs of others. Let employers know that you can think outside the box, which would be an asset to any field of work.
Perhaps some of you have experienced other outrageous or awkward interview questions. Let us know! We’d love to hear about them in our comments section!