Written by: Oleg Ignatenko

Have you ever received a question in an interview that just seemed to come out of the blue with no relation to the job position at all?  Well, I have and let me tell you its a good thing that I knew how to answer them otherwise there would have been a extremely long and awkward silence.  So why are these questions even there to be asked?  Employers use these type of questions to see how quickly you can think under pressure.  They realize that sometimes you have done a lot of research and you are fully committed to professionalism but they try to approach different tactics to try and throw you off by using these “interview traps” which are designed to reveal more personal information than maybe you planned on initially revealing.  How do you answers these questions?  How do you compose yourself?  All the answers and more will be provided so keep on reading.

First things first, don’t freak out!  Interviews can be stressful without those type of questions so this might set some people over the edge but remember, the main goal is to stay composed.  If you look a bit flustered, its understandable and the interviewer probably expects you to be.  At the same time, they also expect you to give a confident and a reasonable response.  So, lets go over some of these questions and how to properly answer them.

1.  Interviewer: How would you react if I told you that so far, this interview has gone horrible?
You:  This is usually a test to see if you get flustered easily.  Ask politely why and for specific reasons of what  you have said or done to make such a bad impression on the interviewer.

2.  Interviewer: If you won the lottery, would you still work?
You:  Try to be honest but maybe not too honest.  The best type answer is mentioning that while you would be obviously thrilled, you would still try to find a job that you find satisfying and that it would be have to be something that you love to do.

3.  Interviewer:  What was the last book you read?
You: If you answer “I don’t read books” or “I read ‘It’s a shore thing’ by Snooki” you can assume that you won’t get a call back.  Instead, try to mention a book that made a memorable impression on you and choose a reputable author that the interviewer has probably heard of.

4.  Interviewer:  If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be?
You:  This question might really throw you off but instead of saying things like “are you serious?” you should say something like “Italian of course, because I go with anything and I am favored by most”.

5.  Interviewer:  If you were a superhero, what kind of super powers would you have?
You:  This is probably not the best time to mention that you would have the powers of Magneto to take over the world.   Instead, mention a superhero that you like for their actions and someone who you respect.

If you’ve been asked a crazy interview question, you’re not alone.  Here are some online articles with interesting questions candidates have been asked:
When preparing for an interview, make sure you check out Glassdoor.com’s Interview Questions.
Best of luck in your next interview!