Certain job interview questions might come across as weird or unexpected, and one question that has been known to pop up from time to time is, “If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why”
This type of question is asked to see how well you think on your feet and if you can be creative. These kinds of questions are also used to see if a candidate has a good sense of humor, a very desirable trait when you have to work with someone five days a week. You should use this opportunity to showcase your personality and make yourself stand out from the other candidates.
Points to Emphasize
If the topic of superhero powers comes up, feel free to have some fun with your response.
- Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what specific power you give
- Relate the power you want to how it would apply to you doing your job
- Relate the power to your personality
- Try to be unique
Having super strength or the ability to fly would certainly come in handy in a number of situations, but those are pretty common answers. This is your chance to think outside the box and give a response no other applicant is likely to give.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
There is not necessarily a wrong answer to give with this question, so make sure you do not make any of these easily avoidable mistakes.
- Don’t say a super power without also giving a reason why you want it
- Avoid saying you can’t think of one
- Don’t act like the question is silly
- Don’t spend too much time thinking about it
There must have been a time in your personal life when you put some thought into what super power you would like to have. You should already have an answer to this question ready to go.
There are a number of powers you can give, but you should frame your response like this:
If I could have any super power, it would be telekinesis. Instead of going up to a different floor to get the paperwork I need, I could just float it down with my mind. It would also come in handy when I’m trying to find my keys around the house.
As you can see, your answer does not have to be that serious. Making a joke is a great way to make a prospective employer like you, and this question is to perfect opportunity to be funny and show that you are able to kick back and not be so serious.