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Out of the ordinary interview questions are becoming more commonplace in all rounds of the interview process. Generally, these curveball questions fall into two broad categories – questions assessing your problem solving and questions gauging your personality. Read on for example questions in both categories and for advice on how to tackle them.
Questions in this set are designed to evaluate your problem solving abilities and how you think on your feet – especially under pressure and uncertainty. With these questions, there really aren’t right or wrong answers: it’s about showing the interviewer your logical approach to answering the question. Bring in estimated numbers where you can, and use them to “calculate” a solution; in non-numerical cases, make sure you still illustrate a strong course of reasoning.
Questions in this set are more about getting a closer look at your personality – from your sense of humor to your passions to your interpersonal skills. Here, it’s critical to be honest, make connections to the position or field where appropriate, and showcase your strengths.