Off Wall

There are certain questions that you should be prepared to answer at every job interview. You should be ready to talk about your relevant skills and qualifications. You need to be able to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. You also need to be ready to talk about how you could be an asset to this company. However, sometimes interviewees are required to answer more off wall interview questions that seem to come completely out of left field. Some examples of these types of questions include:

  • If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?

  • If you could trade places with anyone, real of fictional, who would it be and why?

  • If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

  • If you found yourself shipwrecked on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?

  • If a movie was made about your life, who would you want playing you?

    • What superpower would you most want to have?
  • If you could change something about your life, would you?

    • How would you weigh a plane?
  • How many times in a day do the two hands of a clock overlap each other?

    As you can see, these are some more light-hearted questions that do not really have a right or wrong answer, but there are still ways to answer these questions in a way that portray you in a positive light.

    Tips for Answering Off Wall Questions

    The main reason why these types of wild card questions are asked is to see how you handle the unexpected. The hiring manager wants to see if you get flustered when faced with something you were not prepared to handle. The first thing you should do is smile. These questions are inherently silly, so it is okay to use this opportunity to show that you have a sense of humor. Now is your chance to show that you are unfazed and can handle anything thrown at you.

    Although you generally want to avoid pauses during a job interview, it is okay for one of these questions to buy some time. You probably will not have prepared beforehand for an off-the-wall question, so it is perfectly acceptable to say something like, “Hmm…I’ve never really thought of that before. Let’s see…” This shows that when you are faced with a new, unforeseen task, you will take the time to review your options in order to come up with the best response possible.

    As the interviewee, you need to take this meeting seriously; however, it is okay to appear more relaxed and colloquial with these questions. You can even use this opportunity to make a joke as long as it is appropriate for the setting. For example, you might be asked, “If a movie was made about your life, who would play you?” You could give an answer like, “Hmm…let’s see. Honestly, I would say George Clooney. He’s really the only actor who could capture my good looks.” Your response does not have to be particularly lengthy as long as you answer the question effectively.

    Relating Wild Card Questions to Your Skillset

    Off-the-wall questions are an opportunity to have some fun in an otherwise serious setting, but you should also view these questions as a chance to further discuss your qualifications. One example is being asked, “What kind of animal would you want to be?” At first, this might seem like a pretty easy question to answer since it seems like all you need to say is your favorite animal. However, this is an excellent opportunity to reveal something about your personality. You should say that you want to be a dog since they are associated with loyalty or a horse since they are associated with being hard workers. Avoid mentioning animals like snakes or rats since that could give off a bad impression.

    A good way to wrap up your response to a wild card question is to ask the interviewer what his or her response would be. This is a great way for you to learn more about your potential future employer and to have a bit of light-hearted fun. Sharing humor is a great way to make yourself stand out in a good way. By finding the right balance between taking these types of off wall questions seriously and creatively, you will be showing that there is an interesting person behind your resume.

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