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“How would you put a giraffe in a refrigerator? A silly question in most contexts, but particularly odd in a job interview.
And yet, these kinds of “quirky” and arbitrary lines of questioning seem to be commonplace during the interview process.
In order to get people to think outside the box or stay on their feet, hiring managers offer increasingly difficult (and frustrating) tasks and questions to interviewees.
And to make matters worse, many leave candidates hanging once it comes to feedback or finding out the results of the conversation.
So what does it say about their work culture when hiring staff act like this when imbued with such powers?
For starters, if you are placed in a difficult and delicate situation at the very beginning of the job, this may not be the best indication of the company’s treatment of employees. And it also means that they have no consideration for the preparation candidates may have made in preparation for a more traditional interview.
After all, how does anyone answer how they would put a giraffe in the fridge, or what words they would have on their tombstone, or how they would cope if they were locked in a room and told to asked to complete a challenge (all real requests)?
Here are some of the most ridiculous requests people have received:
It’s understandable that companies try to get creative with their questions, and indeed some are known for their tricky brain teasers that showcase the best in people, but most of us can agree that some questions are just right. a little weird and don’t show anything about the person.
That’s how Hannah Langford, 31, from the North West felt when she went looking for a law job in Manchester.
She tells the –: “I had a training contract interview at a law firm about 10 years ago and I was asked two weird questions: ‘Why don’t polar bears eat penguins? ?’ and ‘How much water does it take to fill St. Paul’s Cathedral?’.
“These questions made me doubt myself and I felt confused as to the expected answer (i.e., should I give a real answer to the water question or Was it my thought process that interested them?). »
Langford ended up turning to a completely different industry, deciding to work in charity.
Ramla*, 26, from London, can figure out how to navigate random questions that are unrelated to work. “A charity that had many interview stages (and didn’t even give feedback after saying it would) had some interesting questions,” she recalled.
“One was about who your most problematic friend is and why you’re still friends with him. Another was about the last time you lost your temper.
“I don’t know to what extent these questions really test someone’s values. Whatever you say, they’ll have to take it with a grain of salt because it’s an interview, not a conversation with your best friend.
“These questions were a bit like an interrogation. Surely what I have accomplished and the places where I have created transformative change should speak for itself – or at the very least they could ask me directly about it? »
Sadly, quirky questions seem to be commonplace in the job interview space, when that time could be much better spent talking about the things that bring us joy, what we’re passionate about, what we look forward to. impatiently.
Because, really, nobody knows how to put a giraffe in a fridge. And neither should they.
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