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Monday, August 20, 2012
Interviewers are increasingly testing jobseekers with weird and wacky questions – including the best way to get an elephant into a fridge and why manhole covers are round. What is the strangest interview you’ve had?
Two in five jobseekers have been thrown a curveball question during a job interview, new research shows.
Favourites include: “How would you get an elephant into a fridge?” and “Why are manhole covers round?”
A survey of 1,000 people showed that jobseekers were failing to prepare properly, and were left “bamboozled” by the strange question.
So we want to know – what are the strangest questions you have been asked at interview? How did you respond? And did you get the job?
Many of those surveyed said they were concentrating on making a good first impression, with 40pc of people worrying about their appearance
Just 25pc said they spent a lot of preparation time practising interview questions or researching interview technique.
Dean Ball, of recruitment firm Michael Page, which carried out the research, said: “It’s understandable that weird interview questions are unnerving for some candidates but they are becoming increasingly common in interview situations so it’s important that candidates are prepared for them.
“Being able to tackle these questions confidently can help candidates stand out to prospective employers, who are looking at ways to differentiate between similarly qualified candidates.
“They can also provide a moment of light-heartedness in an otherwise formal situation so should be embraced by candidates as a chance to show their originality, creativity, how they apply logic and their sense of humour.”
Post your curveball questions and job interview stories below...