Curveball or real life? Which graduate interview questions work best?

Posted by Adapt Newsroom | September 16, 2015 |
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Graduate_QuestionsA recent survey found that 84% of graduates would spend more time on an application form if it made more sense to them and many are simply giving up on filling them in all together. For graduates, applying for a job should be engaging and not a laborious, time heavy or confusing task.

That’s why recruiters working to entice graduates in the Year of the Candidate should have the candidate in mind and cater their website towards the needs of those they are targeting. While it is also important to have up-to-date technology in place to make the entire job application process seamless, there are many other ways to ensure graduates are keen to apply for vacancies – making the experience more engaging and positioning your organisation as one they would want to work with.Companies are already shaking things up when it comes to recruiting graduates. Price Waterhouse Cooper, the professional services firm, is no longer taking into account A-Level results, in order to widen its reach to discover top talent from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Other firms are taking a more creative approach with rather ‘wacky’ questions to get their candidates thinking out of the box. According to GlassDoor, Google’s recruiters once asked candidates for a project manager position to ‘choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there’, or as Airbnb asked ‘what would you do if you were the one survivor in a place crash.’

With standard ‘discovery meeting’ type interview questions becoming a dying breed, it seems curveball questions are keeping graduates on their toes.

Here are some of the stranger interview question examples we found:

  1. What do you think of garden gnomes?
  2. Name five uses of a stapler without staples.
  3. Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
  4. If you wake up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
  5. How would you describe the colour yellow to someone who’s blind?

While these are slightly weird and designed to access a candidate’s power of deduction or analytical thinking they can also be a waste of time. Real-life examples are of course better than anything involving superheroes, but it could work as a good ice breaker. What’s the strangest graduate interview questions you have used in your candidate interviews?

Category: Recruitment

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