Oddball interview questions. Overall, candidates aren’t impressed (but only just).

Oddball interview questions. Overall, candidates aren’t impressed (but only just).


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month. And whilst oddball interview questions aren’t a recent thing, what is new is that we now know what candidates think of them. CV-Library surveyed 1,200 workers, allowing us to now reveal that – by a slim margin – just over half (52.1%) of the professionals asked don’t think that asking ‘oddball’ interview questions is a good approach for recruiters to take.

35% think the reason why it’s not a good idea, is that these questions don’t reveal whether the candidate is right for the job or not. And of the 62% of the professionals who confirmed they’d been asked a tricky interview question in the past, 57.2% admitted that they struggled with their answer.

Not only are they not sure they’re a good idea, nearly one in ten employees would actively be put off a prospective employer if they asked something that was a bit ‘out there’. Although this is promptly balanced by 48.8% saying they think oddball interview questions are actually a good approach to take (with 63.7% believing that it demonstrates you’re able to think on your feet)

Love them of hate them, by the looks of it, the report won’t be enough to steer ardent fans away from this marmite interview tactic.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said “There are some big organisations out there that have become known for their crazy interview questions and while these may feel like a good idea to get candidates thinking on their feet and being creative, it’s clear that job hunters are feeling the pressure.

“In fact, with one in 10 being put off applying for a role because of these types of question, businesses could potentially be losing out on some talented new recruits. If you insist on including quirky interview questions, just be sure you have collected all the important information first, so you can make a fair judgement based on the candidate’s ability to do the job and to contribute to the business.”

And if you’re intrigued to know just what kind of questions are out there, the survey also asked the braver respondents to reveal. Here’s a few, just for fun.

Jake from Swansea said: The weirdest question I’ve ever been asked was "when a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?" I was stumped.

Sean from Farnborough said: I was asked "how would you deal with an explosive being thrown through the window in the workplace?" I’m just hoping I’m never faced with that situation.

Kevin from Newcastle said: The hiring manager said to me “are you able to deal with banter?” I immediately began questioning what the company culture would be like there.

Siobhan from Belfast said: The interviewer asked me “how lucky are you and why?” I hope it wasn’t because I’m Irish!

Natalie from Brighton said: The weirdest thing I’ve been asked was “if you were a Disney character which would you be and why?” I knew the answer straight away of course, but it was still very odd!

Alex from Yorkshire said: When applying for a summer job in a pub I was asked “if the bar was busy and a local came in from a farm smelly from muck spreading with his pet goose on a lead would you refuse to serve him?”

Alice from Reigate said: I found it quite humorous despite being a little lost for words when I was asked, “if you were a Microsoft Office program, which one would you be and why?”

David from Bristol said: I was honestly lost for words when they asked me “what would be your preferred shoe size?” I couldn’t work out what that had to do with being an accountant (or with any job for that matter!).

Charlie from Leeds said: To this day I don’t know what the right answer to this questions is - “what would you serve for a breakfast for an African king?”

James from Doncaster said: I was asked “would you be prepared to break the law?” Needless to say I would not, and I quickly declined the job offer.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

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