The interview process is certainly daunting when you’re the prospect being interviewed, but it can be equally as challenging from the other side of the table. When you consider the fact that your goal is to get to know the root of the human being in front of you in the next 30 min to one hour, there’s a lot on the line! You want to make sure that this person is a good fit for your company, and make sure that your company is aligned with your candidate’s goals.
We have compiled some fun, unusual questions that we’ve encountered (and used) to build our team.
1. What’s something you haven’t told us, that we will find out about you in 3 months time? This question is an underhanded way of asking what are their quirks, unusual qualities, or potentially even character flaws.
2. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? This is a great way to look into the soul of your interviewee. It’s basically asking, where does your mind wander when your mind goes blank? This can be a very revealing question.
3. What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a good way to reword the “What’s your dream job?” question, while also tapping into their inner child.
4. What are you known for? This question could elicit a wealth of information. Try asking it to yourself and see what your rapid-fire response is!
5. Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind. If you’re wondering how creative your candidate is, throw in a curveball like this question to steer away from your standard interview questions.
6. Tell me one honest, unfiltered thing about yourself. Your candidate will have the opportunity to show vulnerability in a high-stakes situation.
7. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? This is another opportunity for the interviewee to be candid and relaxed. It’s also a great break-the-ice question!
8. What drives you nuts? Here is a good way for the candidate to show some of their true colors. You can find out a lot about someone based on what they don’t like.
9. How can people earn an extra gold star with you? This will show what the candidate values in their coworkers.
10. How do you like to receive feedback? This is a good question to get to know your candidate’s communication style. It also is a good way to open up the conversation about a time they may have received negative feedback and what they did to fix the situation.
Above all, you ultimately want this person to be a good fit culturally. The questions you ask in the interview are a window to your unique company culture. When creating your list of interview questions, keep this in mind and select questions that will reveal what's important to your team. Happy hiring!
Story By: Sophie Duncan