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?
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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