Interviewing and recruiting can not only be time-consuming, it can be downright exhausting. Sourcing candidates, completing screening phone calls, reviewing CVs and executing multi-stage interview processes — hiring can be a heavy lift. However, getting to know candidates and potential colleagues can also be very fun, that is if you’re asking the right questions.
“Hiring trends are constantly changing. You need to evolve and challenge your process constantly to see if it is really working and be willing to be innovative if it is not,” insists Laura Tracy, Talent Acquisition Specialist at LBMC. “Authentic engagement wins their hearts and minds over to the role and the company.”
To get some real-time data on what’s really going on in interview rooms, Glassdoor writer Stacy Pollack took to social media platforms to ask, “What’s the most fun question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?”
Here are real, true responses from candidates about the most fun questions they have been asked in interviews. We also found that these questions are really entertaining for recruiters and hiring managers to hear the answers to. Consider adding these to your next interview round.
1. If you turned around and in the doorway was a penguin with a mustache, wearing a big sombrero and poncho, what do you think the penguin would say?
2. What’s your spirit animal?
3. If a lion and a tiger fought, who would win and why?
4. If your neighbour asked your child to supervise a pool party at their house, would you let your child go?
5. What would you do if you found an elephant in your backyard?
6. What would you name this painting and why (Referencing an abstract painting on the wall)?
7. How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?
8. If you were a movie character, who would you be and why?
9. What would you want your title to be when you retire?
10. Describe how you would make me a sandwich.
11. Why are manholes round?
12. When was a time you lied and got away with it?
13. How much would you charge to clean all the windows in London?
14. If you don’t get this job, what’s your backup plan?
15. If you were a flower, what kind would you be and why?