For any candidate, it’s important that they’re prepared to be questioned about everything and anything before walking into a job interview. On the other hand, as an interviewer, you want to ask the most important questions that will give you an idea of what kind of individual you have sitting in front of you. In many cases, job candidates have pre-scripted answers, due to the same questions being asked by interviewers time and time again. If the candidate knows what type of question is going to be put to them, then surely you’re not seeing the best traits coming from this candidate. At the end of the day, you want to test the person interviewing for your role. With unusual interview questions, at least you’re getting that individual to think outside the box. With these questions, it can separate a good candidate from a great candidate.
Think of it like this, if you’re going to ask a candidate “what their biggest strengths and weaknesses” are, then a pre-scripted answer will be given to you from your typical job board section. In many cases, you’ll hear the same answer given to you. For the majority, most unusual questions don’t actually have a wrong or right answer. These questions give way to the candidate to demonstrate their ability to think on the spot.
Furthermore, what’s great about these interview questions is that it steers away from your usual boring questions. It’s a breath of fresh air for both the interviewer and the candidate. Usually, employers ask unusual questions to look into the thought process of a candidate. Everyone is different so each answer will be unique. Take a look at this infographic from Colonial Life and look at some of the weird and unique questions asked by employers.