Forbes Magazine just published an article about “weird” questions you might get asked at a job interview. You can read the article here.
The gist of the article is that most interviewers want to ask good questions. They create these questions to give you a chance to show your personality. So if you are asked, “Who is your favorite comedian?” you could say, “Jerry Seinfeld because he…” and use your answer to show something about yourself.
Then there’s, “If you were a brick in the wall, which brick would you be and why?” Questions like this one should be taken as reminders to build a big reserve fund so you can be choosy about your jobs and your interviews. Sure, it’s a way to find out about your personality. But it’s also a way to test whether you think on your feet and whether you’re gpd at readomg interviewers. No indication of how you will function as an employee.
Forbes doesn’t touch the really bizarre questions or suggest that maybe the interviewer is (a) incompetent or (b) bored and thinking of questions to keep himself awake. My least favorite question of all: “What excites you when you get up in the morning?” Obviously my interviewer had read a list of interview quesions and was trying them on for size. I don’t think my real answer was what they had in mind..