5 Great Answers to Awkward Interview Questions
Whether you are dealing with an inexperienced interviewer or a pro who’s deliberately trying to catch you off guard, here are five great answers to awkward interview questions.
Have you left an interview with similar thoughts before? Most people have. Whether you are dealing with an inexperienced interviewer or a pro who’s deliberately trying to catch you off guard to see how you handle yourself, sometimes these awkward questions come out of left field. And it’s your job to deal with them.
Tell me about yourself.
This one seems deceptively easy. Who knows more about you than you, right? This question gets awkward, though, because it’s so vague and broad. Rather than race through potential topics on the spot, you should be prepared beforehand.
What’s your passion?
This one gets awkward because candidates assume the interviewer wants to hear a work-related answer. That might work if you’re applying to be a zookeeper and your passion really is animals. Otherwise, no one will believe bean-counting is your life’s bliss, so don’t pretend.
Why are you looking to leave your current job?
This question is an absolute minefield. Does the interviewer need to know that your kids’ tuition just increased and you really need more cash? Or that your current boss aggravates you like a week full of Mondays? Absolutely not.
How do we know you’ll stay?
If you’ve made a few job transitions lately with different companies, you should be prepared to answer questions. It may be that your industry is a volatile one or that you just had numerous great opportunities. Either way, the company you’re interviewing with will need some reassurances.
If you were a fruit or a pizza topping, what would you be?
Yes, interviewers do occasionally pull out the random questions just to see what happens. Executive and business coach Beth Carter recommends answers that will showcase your skills and personality. Her responses: an apple or ham and pineapple. An apple is tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, showcasing Carter’s strategic implementation and soft skills. Ham and pineapple seem like a bad combo, but their diversity actually goes together beautifully, and Carter likes to use diverse teams to accomplish common goals.