There’s nothing like an odd interview question to throw you off your game during an interview. You’ve prepared for all the normal questions. You’re ready to share your accomplishments with your prospective employer, but then you’re asked something like the above. What do you do?
US employment website, Glassdoor, recently compiled their annual list of oddball interview questions from actual interviews. Rusty Rueff, careers and workplace expert for Glassdoor, said surprising questions can be an effective way to gauge a candidate’s character.
“There’s a bit of pressure to find how you think on your feet, trying to test that a little bit,” he told the BBC. “But more importantly, they’re trying to get at how someone thinks, how they solve the problem.”
You can’t exactly prepare for a question like: “Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?” But if you are ever asked something like this, or the other 24 on the list, stay calm. Take a minute to think, and then answer with confidence.
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