Expect unexpected interview questions


Did someone ask you a moving question during your job interview? Here’s how you can handle it like a pro

You’ve done your research, you’ve done some practice interviews, you have your notebook handy, and you feel ready to crush your job interview.

But then, out of nowhere, the interviewer asks you a completely unexpected and quite abstract question.

It could be any type of tree or animal you would be if given the choice, or why are manholes round.

No matter how prepared you are for an interview, there is always a chance it will happen. Admit it, you are not a mind reader.

Answering a curved question will be difficult, but there are ways around it, which is why we’ve put together some helpful tips for dealing with the unexpected.

Keep Calm and carry on

Of course, the first thing you might want to do when faced with a tricky question is to run out of the interview room. This is definitely something you shouldn’t be doing. Instead, take a few deep breaths, drink some water, and then think about how to approach the response. You have time (even if you don’t feel like it), so be sure to take it before jumping into a 10 minute response that doesn’t really make sense.

Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification

If you’re really baffled by the question, it’s okay to ask the other person a few follow-up questions that might help you rephrase what they’re asking in a way that you understand. This will not only save you time, but will show that you are ready to overcome challenges even if you don’t know how to overcome them at first.

Think about what you know and what you are applying for

It is important that all of your answers demonstrate why you are the right person for the job. So think about the job description and what key qualities and skills you have that match what they are looking for and go from there. Questions like these are often meant to see how you think logically and creatively, so think outside the box and answer honestly.

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