Most of my questions are situation-based. "Tell me about a time when..." It reveals so many facets about critical thinking, planning, conflict resolution, personality...
I have ben doing a lot of interviews lately and as much as anything I want to see who the interviewee reacts with unconventional questions. What questions do you ask?
Most interviewees are most concerned about selling themselves and talking about themselves, I will ask..."Enough talking about you, tell me about us". I want to see how much research they have done on the job they are interviewing for.
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Are you more concerned with what I can bring to the job and my qualifications? Or are you more concerned with how much I work out (or whatever)? Like the post above yours, why ask dumb questions just to screw with people? I had one ask me one time what adjective I would use to explain my relationship with my fellow employees. Really?? I can also deal with asking someone to talk about the company they are applying for, etc.
Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine
My current boss always asks his interviewees, "If you could be any super hero, who would you be and why?" He says he doesnt particularly care what they answer, he just wants to see how they react to being thrown an odd-ball question and if they can think on their feet.
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I like to always ask something along those lines though right after a series of more intensive questions to see how they react, simple things like favorite color, weather related, etc.
When asking about how they make decisions and interact or hire people it is inevitable they will say something like 'I try and gauge such and such, etc.'. As soon as I hear that I turn it around and ask it of them. You'd be surprised how many people are unprepared to answer their own questions. If you can't answer it how will you know what a good answer is?
they're steppin' on my rhythm and they're stealin' all my lines
I like the occasional oddball/curveball question too. See how they think on their feet, and can lighten the mood a bit too.
The last time I was being interviewed, I was asked "if I gave you an elephant, what would you do with it?"
we do tag team interviews.
my partner and i have determined we really only focus on these questions if we need something because the candidate is not a 'talker'...
we typically go back and forth
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why do you want this job?
3. What is your greatest strength?
4. Tell me about a problem you have had with a supervisor.
5. Why should we hire you?
6. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
7. What has disappointed you in a past job? (beyond a layoff/firing)
1. What do you like about your current position/job?
2. What motivates you?
3. What do people most often criticize about you / what is your greatest weakness?
4. What are your short/long term goals? What goal or how can Company X help you?
5. Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
6. Describe your typical work day/week?
7. Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
I need to follow this... "Not everything you eat has to, or should, taste really f*cking awesome. Sometimes you need to eat 'boring' food to stay healthy.
It's pretty normal that most interviewees want to market their expertise. I guess an interviewer should only ask questions related to the a particular job position in order to assess if the person you are talking to now is qualified enough and have experiences on it. On the other hand, it is better to ask his/her background to know her better and to notice as well the possible strengths and weaknesses of the person.
I thought the oddball questions are used to see how you think on your feet and how you function in stressfull situations? Depending on you company and the hiring process, one would already know if you are qualified for the job. I am in training and our managers use a few odd ball questions to mimic some of the curve balls questions participants throw us when we train. Sometimes there is not a right or a wrong answer, we want to see how you think/problem solve and if you have logical thinking behind your answer.
After only a few of those, you can get a very good idea of how intelligent, articulate, and competent they are. And if the most difficult issue they had to deal with was replacing the batteries in a wireless mouse, you can tell pretty quickly when they try to BS their way through some made-up scenario where they saved the day.
That s**t cray, ain't it jay?
What she order, fish filet?
Plus, lots of people are qualified for the job. But remember, you're also interviewing to spend 8-10 hours a day, everyday, with these people. Isn't it fair to get a sense of your personality so they can see if you're someone they want around all the time?