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Candidates are ready for standard job interview questions. Increasingly, they are also preparing for out-of-the-ordinary questions meant to catch them off guard. As a recruiter or hiring manager, you need to think about “what are some unique interview questions?” Some candidates even have a list of unique questions they really want you to ask because they have a good answer for them. Either way, throwing in an oddball question here and there is a great way to see how they’ll react in the moment. How they respond will teach you something about them that is not on their resume.
Here we’ll explore some unique interview questions that candidates really want to answer.
Consider asking these questions to your list for your next interview:
Candidates love to be asked about their interests. So, ask them about what they are into right now. You can learn a lot about them simply by hearing about what they are watching on Netflix, the podcasts they enjoy, and the books they like to read. It can also give you some insights into how much they value/focus on professional development and skill/knowledge betterment.
This is a great question to ask to learn more about who candidates look up to and value. There is a lot you can learn about someone based on how they answer the question. The key is to understand why they would choose those people. Is it for sentimental reasons? To gain historical insights? Because they are a huge fan? It’s a fun question that can be answered in countless ways.
Everyone has a theory about the next big thing to happen. And everyone wants to be right about it. There is a lot you can learn from a candidate’s response. Was the answer tech-focused? Does it involve finance? Is it conspiracy-based? Does it have to do with something specific in your industry?
Where a candidate gets their news and the types of people, companies, and accounts they follow online can be very telling. You’ll get insights into a candidate’s unique interests and learn more about their perspective on things.
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Paige Allen is a Recruitment Consultant on the Marketing Services team, specializing in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Pharma. Prior to joining IQ PARTNERS, Paige worked in customer service and IT Procurement, where she developed a passion for people and aptitude for research and analytics.