The act of interviewing for a job can be an extremely nerve racking experience. Many people stress out over the idea of answering a bunch of difficult and serious questions that may not have clear answers. Some of you have likely experienced the addition of a question among the others intended to break the ice or make you feel more comfortable. Some of these questions go so far as to be extremely funny. Though some have real answers and only make you think about things for a moment, others are simply there to see what your response will be. And don’t assume you’re safe from answering some of these fun and sometimes downright silly questions if you’re filling out your application online and using recruiting software. Here are some questions you may see.
1) If you could be any animal you want to be, what would you choose and why?
This question is intended to make you describe yourself in ways you might not otherwise. If you choose an aggressive animal like a tiger, it reveals a bit of your personality.
2) If you are traveling east and another vehicle is traveling west, how long will it take you to get home from work?
A question you can’t answer without more information tests your willingness to admit you don’t know the answer. It also tests your ability to think on your feet.
3) What is your favorite thing to have for lunch?
Believe it or not, this question can actually reveal quite a bit about you. Some employers are looking to keep health care expenses down, so your lunch choices can help determine what kind of risk factor you present.
4) If you could be any type of ice-cream what would you be and why?
This is another question that can help to ease you into revealing personality aspects you might otherwise be too nervous or guarded to reveal.
5) If you were stranded on a tropical island and could only take five items with you, what would you choose to take and why?
This question reveals your planning skills, creativity and ability to think on your feet. This can be a great conversation opener and may in some cases constitute your entire interview.
Put your best foot forward
Along with using unexpected questions and ice breakers to make interviewees more comfortable, savvy employers are planning interviews in coffee shops and sports bars to ease frazzled nerves. Even if you get the opportunity to have one of these more relaxed interviews, be sure to put your best foot forward. You don’t want to get too relaxed and lose the professionalism necessary to impress the employer and get the job. If you are offered a drink by the prospective employer, be sure to choose a non-alcoholic version if you are driving. The casual atmosphere may be a trick to get you to show the prospective employer who you really are. No matter what techniques are used to help you relax and get comfortable, remember: You are still being interviewed.