The Psychology behind Mad Human Resource Filter Questions
Job interviews bring out the best and the worst in people. The thrill and the horror of proving yourself and your value sets a candidate to the limit. That is, a serious candidate.
HR managers across the world has shared anecdotes on the weirdest candidates they have ever interviewed. They have also asked the most out-of-this-world questions. Perhaps, every now and then, interviewers get bored and ask something ridiculous. Maybe interviewees got too tired of the hiring process that they finally did something outrageous as a protest.
Weird behaviours do make a statement. But weird questions are not necessarily ridiculous. From the different stories shared across the internet, here are some categories on weird job interview question that have been asked during an interview.
Fill in the blank: The Mystery Answer
Fill in the blank questions test your logical skills. They leave you an empty feeling and tons of pressure to fill that emptiness with your wit and thinking skills. Here are some questions:
– Which song will you sing if you become a contestant in American Idol?
– How lucky are you and why?
– Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
These questions usually have no right answers to them. It simply tests your reasoning and possibly, the way your line of thought runs. The next class is somehow similar, but the needed answers are usually processes.
Analysis: Which Way to Go
Whatever the line of work is, there will always be some analysis involved. Anyway, even birds have to decide which way to fly, right?
It may sometimes feel like these questions are designed to bring the bird-brained out in you but hold on. These questions usually come as a little trick to test how well you assess situations.
– If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?
– What about your grandma would make it good or bad to lend to her?
And the classic:
– Question was asked: “If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?
Questions like these are avenues for you to showcase your thinking skills and creative side. You can begin with the most absurd choices and work your way up to your ‘eureka’ moment.
Priorities: Why Choose this over that?
Employers value people who knows how to identify things with value. These questions will not only put your values in question but will also test the strength of your resolve.
– If you could pick one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
– If you had to rate risk, client satisfaction, and accuracy, which would you say is most important and why?
– Room, desk, or car – which do you clean first?
There are just so many ways that an interview has gone mad. Maybe questions like those above are the reason why some applicants bring beer cans along with them on interviews or why some interviewees do not have the courage to throw the tissue pieces they have blown their noses with and puts them on top of the interviewer’s desk instead.