Shini Baskar is a Jobcentre Plus work coach based in Sutton and she supports people into work every day. From CV tips to best places to find a job, Shini is using her experience to share her top tips on how to answer the more unusual interview questions - with Google being just one of the companies to prefer open ended questions, it might just be worth taking a look!
1. Do you prefer cats or dogs ?
2. How many balloons would fit in this room?
3. If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?
4. Before going on holiday, when do you look to pack your case?
5. How would you react if you were transformed into a fish?
6. If you were an ice cream, what flavour would you be?
7. Name five uses for a stapler without staples
8. How would you describe making an omelette to someone who has never made one before?
9. If aliens landed and said you could have any job on their planet, what would you choose?
Shini says: Whilst there's no one rule to answering all the questions above. The key thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong answers and creativity is king. Tap into your imagination to think about answers that an employer might not have heard before. Prepare a few unusual example answers so that you're ready to tackle the unexpected.
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