As the calendar turns to 2014, are you one of those who has the New Year’s resolution to pick yourself u by your bootstraps, update that resume and go out and get a damn job? This is not to say that you’ve been lazy the last year or two – we know the economy as shrunk over the last five years, and jobs seem to be harder and harder to come by.
But as those jobs seem to be fewer and fewer, the pool of candidates or those jobs seems to get larger and larger. And in order to weed out those candidates to find the best ones, recruiters and human-resources personnel are getting more and more creative in their selection process and how they screen resumes and cover letters. And to further weed out those candidates they select for interview, there seems to be a trend toward llines of questioning that are meant to test a candidate’s preparedness and ability to think of their feet.
That could be one of the few explanations for Glassdoor’s annual list of the 25 strangest interview questions that a candidate could face in 2014.
CNBC personalities Dominic Chu and Cindy Berman ran a segment this week about this list of some of the more oddball interview questions that have been presented, and the types of questiosn that you, a job prospect, might have to be prepared to answer – somehow.
We’ll just list here a couple of our favorites, and how we might answer them.
If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?: I would be a box of cereal because that is what I am. (Pay attention to what is asked.)
If you were to sing one song on “American Idol,” what would it be?: “Celebrity” by Barenaked Ladies. A perfect choice for a show like that.
How lucky are you and why?: I am not lucky at all, because luck assumes chance, and I believe God does not leave anything to chance.
If you were a pizza deliveryman, how would you benefit from scissors?: (Is it any wonder that this question came from Apple Inc.?) I wouldn’t.
How honest are you?: To be honest, not very. (Wink.)
To see the full segment on CNBC below, and click here for the full Glassdoor.com list.