By: Lucy Andrews
Corporate America, especially companies that belong to Fortune’s Top 500 companies, adopted new, tongue-in-cheek interview set-ups. These companies bewilder the applicant with mind-boggling questions that are out of the applicant’s jurisdiction.
Here are a few examples, which you may have encountered a few times from big and small corporations alike:
- If you were stuck on a deserted island with your boss, what solutions would you think of to save your “boss” from death;
- I am thinking a number between 1 and 100. What number is it;
- If the 2012 catastrophe was right and you are in the middle of the job interview with a tsunami ready to deluge the building, what will you tell the interviewer; and
- Tell me how great you are
These questions often baffle applicants to the point that they abruptly leave the interview process thinking that the company is playing with them. Actually, most oddball or weird questions are formulated to test the applicant right on the spot. These questions are not puzzles; hence, they are part of the interview, which determines if the applicant is qualified or not.
Stop searching for hidden clues. The answer is found on some elements on your resume. Let us review these questions further:
- Deserted island predicament – Questions about choice and morality often poke fun on an individual’s level of intellect . However, these interview queries analyze what the applicant can do for the company. Do not take it seriously. Imagine that the deserted island is a predicament only you and your manager can solve. Included on your curriculum vitae are proficiencies you can use to answer the question.
- The number’s game – This one is a bit tricky. The only solution here is to play around with the question. You do not even need to consult your resume for an answer. Witty answers should save the day. Once asked, the applicant can either answer 3, a humorous preemptive which means I Am Hired (three stands for sentence count). Learn how to play the interview and respond to the interviewee’s mind games quickly.
- Tell how great you are – Consult your curriculum vitae for answers. Tell the interviewee your worth. The response should come directly from the information written on the employment abstract. Do not be intimidated with such questions.
Lucy Andrews works with fellow contributor Derek Greene as a workshop facilitator and has been instrumental in the success of various annual workshops held in different states.
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