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Within the last ten to fifteen years, some strange and different interview questions have come into use among job interviewers around the United States. Some of these questions sound like “pop psychology” quizzes from magazines, some sound like a psychiatric examination, some appear to be like logic puzzles, and others don’t make any sense at all.

These off-the-wall questions are designed to make you think, think creatively and quickly, and tap into your inner resources and personality components.

Unusual questions are often asked by an interviewer in order to find out more about your inner self and how your mind works. It is a way to get to know you better without asking questions that are overly personal. Your answer to such questions will tell the interviewer whether you will be a good fit for the company, as well as how creative you are and how well you can think in spur-of-the-moment scenarios.

The key to responding to an off-the-wall question is not to let it rattle you. Don’t adopt a deer-in-the-headlights look if you get hit with one of these funky queries. Simply smile, take a deep breath, and take a moment to compose your response. A little bit of silence is better than blurting out something even sillier than the question.

You don’t have to be brilliant. You don’t have to be witty. Just be yourself and give an honest response. If worse comes to worst, and you absolutely cannot think of an answer, ask if you can come back to that question later. You may lose a few thinking-on-your-feet points, but you’ll gain points for handling a difficult situation with poise.

Examples of unusual job interview questions:

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs – such as food and water – were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why?
If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
How do I rate as an interviewer?
If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Who do you admire the most and why?
In the news story about your life, what would the headline say?

References:

Katharine Hansen and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D: http://www.quintcareers.com/

Patty Inglish: http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hub/Off-The-Wall

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