Scene: Me sitting in an interview. In walks my interviewer who slightly resembles Steve Guttenberg from Police Academy – except my guy has a lazy eye. And the questions begin:
1: Do I sing in the Shower?
(Ummmm.. Anyone who claims to have NOT attempted Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” in the shower at least once is a liar. Don’t deny it).
2: If I could be a barnyard animal what kind would I be?
What kind of questions are these!!? Can I file an HR claim without having been hired because these seem a little strange and
personal – perhaps even a little out of line. And why JUST barnyard animals? No love for sea creatures?
As I was escorted from the building I pondered how I might have answered each question differently. And then it occurred
to me – perhaps these questions are super beneficial to the hiring process? And as usual upon doing some intense research (Wikipedia), I discovered that the behavioral interview question and the stress interview question have become the “go to” method for a lot of companies in determining the ability to think under pressure, personality/cultural fit, moral compass, etc.
Nerve wracking? HECK YEAH…. But my friends the ugly truth is:
YOU SHOULD (read must) PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THESE TYPES OF QUESTIONS.
Here are a few to get your blood pumping: