A recent poll by Refresh Leadership found the number one question a hiring manager would ask during an interview was “Why do you want this job?” The poll asked respondents “If you could ask a job candidate only one question during an interview, what would you ask?” The number one answer from nearly 27% of respondents was followed closely by “Can you describe a difficult work situation and how you handled it?” with 24.9%. Rounding out the list, “What is you greatest strength and weakness?” received 14.82%, “Why are you leaving your current job?” had 11.19%, and “What are your major career objectives?” compiled 8%. Overall, 14.52% selected other, giving various questions they would prefer to ask, including:
- If you were at an intersection and the light turned yellow what would you do?
- How do you handle stress and how does change affect you?
- We interviewed candidates with more experience, why should we hire you?
More and more, businesses are asking out-of-the-box questions to get different insight into the minds of their candidates. For instance, Google asked “How many cows are in Canada?” Dell asked “What songs best describe your work ethic?” And, Gallup asked “What do you think about when you are alone in your car?” With several prominent companies asking bizarre and unusual questions, it’ll be interesting to see if this trend will continue or if hiring managers will revert to more standard questions.
Are these results surprising to you? What question would you ask? Let us know in the comments section below!