Job interviews can be extremely serious and also extremely funny. More often than not candidates during interviews are nervous and a bit tense so I guess the interviewers use this medium to lighten the mood or further aggravate it.
There are so many funny questions interviewers ask. Ever been to an interview and the hiring manager asks you if you could calculate how many tennis balls are used during the course of Wimbledon?
Sure that’s not funny at all, it could disorient any candidate — and seeing as saying I don’t know is not an option, you begin to blab.
There are so many other funny questions but there are some funny questions that one should not take lightly and coming up with the right answer is also key.
- What do you dread about work?
This question is actually a trap question; it is the interviewer’s way of assessing your attitude towards work. Candidates at interviews are supposed to be honest and all but if you know that you’re not a hard worker, this is where you will likely fail.
The best way to answer this question is to highlight the best part of your day while at work (if you’ve had any experience working in a company), instead of ranting about the extremely short lunch breaks and the long board meetings that you have to attend just because you are the P.A to one of the board members.
You could tell them instead that even though the meetings are usually long, you seize the opportunity to stay abreast of whatever is going on in the company and it also gave you the opportunity to learn more about the projects you were privileged to work on.
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
This is another tricky question as it gives room for the candidate to brag about his accomplishments and what else he/she wants to achieve in life. The best way to answer this question is not to brag about your career aspirations and tell the interviewer that you would like to be in his position; this however is the time for you to tell the interviewer that you would be happy in the position you have applied for as it is an opportunity for you to learn as much as you can before you move on to the next position, tell the interviewer that the company is a stable ship that you would like to sail with for a very long time.
- Describe a tough period in your career?
This question would sound funny to a fresh graduate with no job experience. What could you possibly say to this interviewer that would make any sense? There is a way around it however, you could tell the interviewer about a time in school when you had to adjust to using payphones instead of telephones. In the case of someone with experience the key is to give an example of a challenging situation highlighting your ability to adapt quickly to changes, your ability to get feedback from people and your ability to come up with solutions on the spot.