Interviewers have become more and more sophisticated in their quest for finding the most suitable candidates for the jobs. Standard interview questions seem to be rather inconclusive when the selection process requires differentiating candidates with similar working experience, technical knowledge and skills. The differentiators are then narrowed down to intellectual strength, spontaneity, mindset, long-term thinking, strategic approach, sheer intelligence.
Some of the selected questions below have become legendary:
• Explain your current job in terms an 8-year-old can understand.
• What would the person who likes you least in the world say about you?
• How long will you stay with us?
• Will you be out to take my job?
• When do you think you’ll peak in your career?
• Who are the influencers in your life?
• What is one reason why we may not like you a year from now?
• If you were to win 1 million EUR, what would you do with the money? (PwC)
• What makes you happy about work on a Friday evening? (Tesco)
• How would you explain Facebook to your grandmother?
• On a scale from 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer. (Kraft)
• What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle? (VW)
• If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
Take your time to think about how you would answer these questions. Carefully analyze the questions to understand the interviewer’s hidden agenda. Answer smart, but truthful!
Should you want to use these questions as an interviewer, make sure that you yourself are aware of what to expect and how to interpret the answers.
Last, but not least, remember that attitude can make all the difference in a job interview!
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