“What do you think you can offer this company?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “What have you learned from previous positions that will serve you in this position?”
These are the kinds of questions most of us have experienced when interviewing for jobs. After enough experience being turned down, we know the incorrect answers.
1. “I dunno. I need the money.”
2. “On a beach in Hawaii, laying beside your wife.”
3. “Don’t have any previous positions. I’m only 30.”
Rather we have learned the kinds of words Human Resources likes to hear. We pepper our sentences with “self-starter,” “grow with the company,” “belief,” and “challenges (as in “meet head-on…)
In other words, we know how to interview. At least until now. The hiring and interview process have become fraught with bizarre questions and arcane allusions. No longer do the questions in the interview come from your resume’ and the job description. They may come from the mind of George Lucas or Stan Lee.
Gildshire took a selection of real questions, asked by real interviewers. We analyzed the reasons behind the question, in order to show you, the interviewee, what might be behind such a query. Our goal? You get the job and share the Christmas bonus with Gildshire. We’ve seen some things on Home Shopping we really need to have.
1. Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman? Your answer can indicate your level of confidence in your intelligence and resourcefulness. Batman relies on his brain. Spidey makes use of his web, something you won’t have when you face challenges at work.
2. What would you do if you were the one survivor of a plane crash? The content of your answer to this one isn’t as important as how long it takes you to come up with something coherent. The question put you in a state of shock and grief. How quickly you regain your footing is what the question seeks to ascertain.
3. What’s your favorite 90s jam? If you, like me, would want to answer this one “Smucker’s Strawberry” this job isn’t for you. The question shows how current you are in today’s culture.
4. What did you have for breakfast? This question isn’t as random as it sounds. There is a health link to eating breakfast. The questioner wants to know if you are the guy who can’t think until he’s had his third cuppa joe at work.
5. Describe the color yellow to someone blind from birth: We communicate with five senses yet we tend to rely only on sight. This question shows your conversance with the other four senses. It’s an indication of your willingness to think, and communicate, outside the box.
6. If you could high-five someone, living or dead, who would it be? Can you communicate conversationally and informally, with those in authority. Most people would most like to meet Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, or Jesus. But would you be comfortable throwing a five at God’s Son?
7. How do you get a plastic ball out of a cup without touching the cup? Spatial thinking. This question is for those who do well with shapes. Two possible answers: 1. A vacuum cleaner. 2. Get someone else to do it. Is either of these a good answer? Gildshire doesn’t know. We were doing the Macarena with The Almighty.
The question of whether these kinds of off-the-wall questions finds the employer a better employee is up for grabs. But be prepared for one or more. Good luck!