Have you ever wondered what on earth interviewers are doing when they ask you an off-the-wall question like,
"If you were a tree, what kind would you be and why?"
This question is designed to test your creativity and quick thinking. Remember, the interviewer is trying to knock you off guard in hopes of getting a glimpse into your personality and thought processes.
Stay calm. Take a moment to think. Ditch the first answer that pops into your mind (e.g., a sturdy oak because this example is frequently used). Deliver a more creative response such as:
"If I were a tree, I would be:
As for me, I'd rather be a money tree for obvious reasons!
Use your discretion. A comedic response could backfire on you if the interviewer does not share your sense of humor. Given the right situation, clean humor can break the ice, put both parties at ease, and facilitate a natural conversation.
Think before you speak. Never give a rude response, no matter how bizarre the question may be.
Take a moment to ponder the question and the personal attributes required to be successful in your career. Then, give a creative response that conveys your strengths.
Do you remember this hilarious scene from the 2013 movie The Internship where actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson sit in the children's section of a library and participate in a video interview to land internships at Google? No matter how many times I watch the clip, it still makes me laugh.
(Be patient. It takes a minute for the video to load onto the screen.)
Employers have raised the bar for telephone and video interviews. Are you prepared to answer questions regarding whether or not you are the right fit for the job and the employer's corporate culture?
700 employers were surveyed about the use of video in the recruiting process:
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Sharla Taylor is a multi-certified career coach, executive resume writer, and published author. Through her company, Written by a Pro, Sharla has been helping executives and mid-career professionals land great jobs with better compensation for more than 20 years.
She approaches her business from a Christian perspective. Her favorite Scripture is Matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible" and this Bible verse is the inspiration for the Mission Possible Career Coaching Program.
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