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Challenging Interview Questions: Part One

  • Challenging Interview Questions: Part One

The following blog post was written by Chenwei Lian, a Mentorship Program Assistant at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

If you were a salad, what part would you be?

Anyone searching for a job knows the excitement of finally landing an interview. But interview questions can be pretty tough. Many companies ask the same old questions and a few get really creative. They are trying to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal — queries that break through the traditional interview noise and clutter and get to the raw you.

No matter how hard you prepare, some interview questions will always catch you off guard. The best way to plan for an interview is to expect the unexpected, and train yourself to answer any question quickly and completely. Let’s take a look at some tricky interview questions.

  • If you were a salad, what part would you be?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
  • If you were a car, what type would you be?
  • If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
  • If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

The key is not to panic. There really isn't a right or wrong answer to these questions, but the point is to see how you react when asked to think on your feet.

The first thing you do is take a deep breath. You can easily start a conversation about the question, which will allow you to dig deeper and answer the question to the best of your ability.

So, if you are asked a salad question and your background is administration, "Dressing of course," you say. “Salad dressing was spread throughout the salad, on all the other different pieces, helping each one taste a little bit better. The salad dressing doesn't really change the parts of the salad, it just enhances them. Similarly, an office administrator is there to support and enhance the other workers in the office. “

No matter what – keep smiling! You don’t want it to seem like you’ve been caught off guard, or you are struggling to figure out how to answer the question properly. If you want to practice, Bow Valley College Toastmasters is a great place to practice answering these questions.

See Challenging Interview Questions: Part Two, for more ideas on preparing for a job interview.