Are you aware of all of the interview questions being asked behind close doors at your company? There are many hiring managers who are unaware of what constitutes a good interview questions.
Most managers know enough to avoid questions regarding marital status, religion and ethnicity, but how about the oddball questions?
Don’t ask, don’t tell from MarketWatch discusses some of the odd questions that occur during an interview.
“Why aren’t you married yet?” “Would you join a church to get a job?” Those are just two examples of questions job seekers said hiring managers asked them in a job interview, according to a new survey of more than 3,000 job seekers and 1,000 hiring managers worldwide by Development Dimensions International and Monster, the career-resource arm of Monster Worldwide.
Others included “Are you happy in your relationship?” “Who is your favorite Beatle?” and “What is your perception of the painting in our lobby?”
Who is your favorite Beatle? Ouch, that is bad. But wait, there is more:
“If you could be a dog, what kind of dog would you be?” and “What would you do if I gave you an elephant?” are two examples of the bizarre questions asked, according to survey respondents.
Bizarre. This approach does create an image of your company that may not be accurate.
Forty-three percent of job seekers surveyed said “asking questions unrelated to job skills” is among the most annoying of managers’ interview habits. Thirty-eight percent said “asking personal questions” was annoying.