Are You Ready for ANY Interview Question?

by Joe Lavelle on February 10, 2010

No Gravatar


You are flawlessly prepared for your upcoming job interview.  You know this position will provide you the high profile that you need to kick your career into fast gear.  You purchased a suit that would catch the eye of any fashion critic scanning the runways in New York.  You have reviewed your resume and determined the selling points that you want to make sure find a way into the discussion and thought of how you will explain any weaknesses.  You have studied the company and you know what you can contribute once you are hired.

What happens, though, if you are asked a question so completely out of left field that you are left temporarily speechless?  How do you recover from this unexpected hiccup in your plans?

Secrets of the Job Hunt, a great website that features career-related podcasts and blog entries from a variety of contributors – including me, featured a post recently entitled “Odd-Ball Interview Questions.” The author referenced an article on that posted the most unexpected questions that were asked during job interviews in 2009.

Here are a few examples:

1. What are five uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paper-weight?  (asked by Kaplan Higher Education)

2. How would you sell me eggnog in Florida in the summer?  (asked by Expedia)

3. Are your parents disappointed with your career aspirations?  (asked by Fisher Investments)

4. If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it?  (asked by Apple)

Would you be ready with convincing and thoughtful answers to these questions?   What are your thoughts on how one of these examples could be addressed for the benefit of a potential employer?

Maybe you have some of your own interview examples to share with us.  So, let’s make our own list.  Let us know the oddest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview and how you answered it!

Be Sociable, Share!

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Fatal error: Cannot assign by reference to overloaded object in /home/customer/www/ on line 176