March 20, 2015

The Unexpected Job Interview Question

Kate Banahan is associate director of career and employer development for Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO). Follow them on Twitter at @weatherheadcmo.

As much as you can prepare for an interview, chances are you'll be asked a question you're not expecting. This pivotal moment, how you respond to an unfamiliar question under pressure, is essential to your image as a candidate.

We asked a variety of employers, from Verizon to the Cleveland Clinic to Nestle, what their 'go-to' interview question is to really get to know a candidate's personality. We've shared the list below. 

How would you answer these questions?

- What is the last book you read for fun?
- You've learned about our department. What would you change?
- Who do you admire most?
- What would your headline be if someone wrote a news article about your life?
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- Tell me about the best day you've had at work.
Stumped? Just remember to stay composed and show how you can think on your feet. Know that the employer is just trying to learn more about you. They're impressed by your resume, but they want to know more. 

Come visit the CMO office for a mock interview and we'll be sure to throw some unexpected questions your way!

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