Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2013

Recently a list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2013 landed in my inbox. I thought that the list had some real gems and I’m passing it along to you today. Conducting a great interview involves more than just asking tough questions. The next time you conduct an interview keep these steps in mind…and maybe throw in a few Oddball Interview Questions to mix things up a bit!

  1. Create a comfortable interview space. Make sure that you are in a private space with few distractions. Turn off your phone and close your email.
  2. Spend a couple of minutes building rapport. Ask if they had any trouble finding the office, comment on the weather, etc. Candidates are usually nervous and a little small talk helps them to calm down.
  3. Explain the purpose of the meeting or provide a general outline for the interview. For example:
    1. “My goal today is to spend to some time getting to know you as a person and for you to get to know me. You were recommended by my recruiter so I know that you have the skills and experience that I am looking for and that’s great but what really matters to me is if we are a good fit.” OR…
    2. “The purpose of today’s interview is to assess whether your skills, experience and career goals match my needs so this will be mostly an informational interview. Towards the end of our conversation we will switch gears and I will tell you more about the position and give you a chance to ask me questions.”
  4. Ask, “Tell me about yourself.” This is probably the most revealing question you can ask. Listen carefully to what they say. Their answer will tell you what is important to them.
  5. Listen more than you talk. This is by far the most difficult thing for inexperienced interviewers. Ask your question and then stop talking. Really listen to what the candidate is telling you.
  6. Dig deep. When you ask why they left their last job and they tell you that it just wasn’t a good fit. Follow-up. Why wasn’t it a good fit? What could your boss have done differently to make it a great fit? How will you know if this job is the right fit?
  7. Share your goals and vision for your company and the role the candidate will play in achieving them.
  8. Allow time for the candidate to ask you questions.

25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2013.