Have you ever been asked a question that made you question the person with whom you were talking to?
Let’s assume you said yes. More often than not, asking a confusing question will defeat its purpose, especially during an interview. Whether or not you’re looking for a specific response, a puzzling question can have a negative effect on both people in the conversation. They might think you’re odd and in return, that may reflect poorly on you-potentially ruining the entire interview.
Interview questions are meant to help give you a better understanding of the candidate, how qualified that person is and what he or she’s personality is like. It’s a simple process that shouldn’t be over-analyzed.
Off-the-wall questions do not only create a negative outlook from the candidate’s perspective, they also can offend a candidate or make that person feel less intelligent.
They Asked What!?
In order to avoid a bad interview, here some types of questions that you should steer clear from asking a candidate:
- Do your parents view your career and aspirations as a failure?
- If you were stuck in a broken-down car in the middle of nowhere with a cellphone that had no dial tone, how would you go about fixing it?
- What do you think it would cost to rent out Madison Square Garden for a night?
- Do you currently have a significant other?
- If you could be a vegetable, what kind would you be and why?
- Would you consider yourself a taxi or limo person?
- If you were dead, what would your family and friends say about you at your funeral?
- If you saw a person steal a dime, would you report it to the police?
- How many tennis balls can fit in a dump truck?
- Are you a Democrat or Republican?
Obviously, these questions are ridiculous. Even if you’re trying to evaluate a candidate’s response to an analytical question, you can still do so without wording a question as some of the aforementioned examples.
Keeping interviews simple and conversational is typically the best routine with a strong success rate. It also helps make the candidate feel more comfortable, which will most likely give you and your company a better reputation when it comes to conducting interviews.
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