There are many different types of job interview questions you can ask candidates. They tend to fall into one of three categories – informational, behavioural, or situational. But there is also another category of questions some people ask. They fall into the weird or odd-ball category. These are questions that tend to come out of left field. They are questions meant to catch candidates off guard and make them think on their feet. While many interviewers think they are a clever way to see how a candidate reacts, some offer very little value to you as an interviewer.
These odd-ball interview questions typically fall into these categories:
Here are some examples of types of job interview questions that typically come off as weird instead of clever.
You can cut these types of questions out of your list and focus on other questions that provide you with more relevant and insightful information about the candidate.
A job interview is your opportunity to learn as much as possible about a candidate in a short period of time. You need to maximize this time. Before asking these types of questions, consider the following:
Focus your efforts on asking the best questions possible so you can make a more informed hiring decision.
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