Get past the job interview brain-teasers
Lylah Alphonse tells you how to answer some bizarre interview questions
- Duration 7:48
- Date Jul 10, 2012
Lylah Alphonse tells you how to answer some bizarre interview questions
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Year to hunt.
ITs this story sold many times these bizarre -- crazy I can't believe you just asked me that question.
That is so right now aren't they major companies.
Are actually saying that they've asked employees slump unless -- on the I think you through them right.
Aspect -- how -- are there on a quarter low well below what do you what do you get -- -- that.
These are all questions that are there to judge how well you can think on your feet and -- well you can think outside the box.
-- -- of figuring out but this one has an easy answer they're a 119 -- around the edges of a quarter.
But there are only two images that go all the way around one on the front one on the back.
OK I get it -- -- -- AT&T.
If you weren't any superhero who we GP would if you don't mind read comic books.
Another you could probably call tonight even got a big comic book fan and then and the chance to -- kind of personifies some of your best attributes.
So think about the job their -- for if they want a leader and go for Superman.
If they wanna tech guy who can kind of figure -- any problem iron man's a good choice -- wonder wonder if you're female is always a good superhero the name.
And if they're looking for someone is really flexible DC comics elastic manner that plastic man.
-- been one -- can stretch and fit any situation is eager to show humor and a situation like that.
I sell it's a good chance to show your personality I mean these are the people who you're hoping to work quit than work for so it's a good chance for them to see.
-- the million professional setting and end of Pizarro question like that's a good place says to show off your sense of humor -- have up this plan Capital One they asked on a scale of one to five how weird are you.
-- this is -- place to heads.
You wanna be above average but you wanna give yourself through underground and in this is also good chance to stand because -- can be a positive thing.
So -- scale of one to five I would put myself at a four.
-- above average but you're not as weird as the -- person out there OK RA how about this one.
Easy castle near -- dark room.
With no light.
You need matching socks for your interview and you have -- and -- wines and twenty by black sacs what are the chances you look at.
A matching pair.
This is actually one of my favorite questions.
About the great -- -- -- a great chance to think outside the box.
You can get -- -- -- that that kind of thing I'm not gonna that kind of thing so the best answer is grabbing three socks and take them into a room with a -- two of them will match.
I love it it's Smart I get it I feel like -- being -- for the SAT eight it's just and it is second -- and I can see many people sweating myself included on that.
I would just add about why don't you -- black or gray sucks because that would include -- right look at companies that asking these questions the company's asking these questions are generally hiring analysts.
-- I'll I have a lot of weird data.
They're generally hiring problem solvers -- need to figure out solutions to problems that haven't been solved before.
So these are all questions that let them gauge how well you can do that hit an all really didn't mind ahead.
-- -- keep in -- them it's totally different now than it was ten years ago.
Ten years ago there -- a ton of jobs and very few applicants now there are a ton of applicants and very few jobs right so that they can ask.
Pretty much anything they want to -- within reason and within the law.
To figure out whether you're the best fit for their company yeah -- government -- as of about an hour ago from bank 3.5.
People applying for every one.
Jobless sometimes it feels right.
But more than that are right some tough -- -- questions right now the real tough -- if you think -- -- RO ones were tough enough.
Why hire you very -- Very -- open ended question what do we get a whenever one gets that question not to comment on why should I hire you.
This question where they're trying to see whether you've done your research whether you've checked out the company the position.
-- -- -- at the beginning of the -- they're trying to see how prepared you are whether you can offer what they are looking for.
It's more -- that this comes at the end of the -- -- to test to see how well you've been listening.
Have you have you asked to be questions and figured out exactly what they want from the job -- so take those keywords that you heard and this is where you turn them out.
This is where you -- back to them what they say they want.
What about your greatest -- how do you answer that question.
Well don't use fake weaknesses like I work too hard -- I'm just too good at what I do and don't bring up personal flaws.
This is a chance to say something that you've been working on to improve like -- communication skills.
You can -- I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself you can -- I'm always looking for ways.
To become a better presents -- at meetings so it's a way to it to take something that you're working on and show them.
That you are actually working on it.
Now this a tough question and this is a creative one to what three historical figures would you invite to dinner and why that.
That's another one of my favorites there's no right answer so this is one where you can sit back a little and not focus on right vs wrong.
It's a chance to you -- to talk about the things that are instinct TU.
It's a chance also showed your your understanding -- and your curiosity about the company in the industry.
You can -- the company's founder you can name Abraham Lincoln you can name Iron Man.
But it it's a chance for the interviewer to see what some of the other interest are and how you how you are intellectually.
Yet you have to think quickly and your feet for that one especially if they -- -- scenario of historical figures okay what are -- salary requirements this big one because.
In the end you don't want to say number -- hi can simulate what really needed jobs act and turn them off but then again you don't hello ally yourself -- exactly well you you don't want to price yourself out of a job and you don't wanna sell yourself short.
The best thing to do is to get them to tip their hand.
You can say that that you are aware of the industry standard but each company is different and you are wondering what what value they place on the job how much do they think the job -- -- And then you're giving them invest in right back.
-- is -- -- and it's really -- it's kinda if if pressed to name if your last salary on the don't I mean don't.
-- it don't give them a number that's far above what you -- before because it's really easy to check -- -- it's.
It's really something that if you if you can negotiate -- after they've made you an offer -- -- a stronger position to negotiate understand okay and then last question.
And we were just talking about this doctor would it before I hate this question on any and every job interview I've ever.
Not been on I've been asked where do you see yourself in five years.
-- that is such a tough one I hate that one too.
But it and it depends on the job -- applying for if you find for the job as CEO of C wanna be there in five years if they applying for.
The secretarial position -- -- that's player looking to be in five years.
I think the best thing to say is that you've been fortunate you but you are always looking for on the positions that allow you to learn and grow.
And you hope that the next one you get will allow you to continue to contribute to the company.
And to advance to position where you can do the most good for the company in the industry.
And if it's an entry level job.
Something Monte -- and that's up -- -- little -- -- they're not training you for no reason should you kind of assess you know.
Stress the fact that I wanna stay here learn as much as I can and then when I'm ready taking them to the next level.
Exactly that's part of saying you wanna continue to contribute to the company.
But no one wants to stay in an entry level position for -- and what they're trading he had five it is no longer just a little bit of time.
My parents' generation it totally was -- it now it's people change jobs multiple times in that timeframe.
So instead they they are training you know they do want to make an investment in -- -- money you want to show them how that investment will pay off because you'll advanced through the company.