Over the years we have heard of all sorts of bizarre interview questions from ‘If you were a vegetable what type of vegetable would you be?’ to, ‘Is a Jaffa cake a cake or biscuit?’
I have regularly asked the reason behind such questions and am treated to a vast array of answers. The most popular being, ‘We wish to see how the candidate responds when they are put under unknown pressure.’
In response to this candidates were regularly preparing for interviews and considering what animal/vegetable/sports star/car (delete as appropriate for your experience). Possibly wasting a lot of their focus on one question rather than preparing for the more important series of questions.
Over the years interview processes have changed significantly, particularly with greater emphasis being placed on safer recruitment procedures.
However, over the past year we have noticed a growing trend of riddles appearing in interviews. I know this isn’t new as when I attended interview at University for my degree studies I too was asked to solve a riddle.
These riddles seem to have taken a shift in emphasis recently changing from MENSA style logic problems to conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer. For example; ‘When is a door not a door?’ Answer – ‘When it’s ajar.’
The above riddle seems reasonably achievable to all.
However the most challenging of all I have come across is:
What’s the difference between a cat and a complex sentence?
(Answer at the bottom of the blog.)
I have to be honest and tell you that I wouldn’t have been able to solve the above riddle without revisiting my knowledge of complex sentences and without a great deal of time and paper in front of me.
Which begs the question – what use would a prospective employer get from asking such a question in an interview scenario? Particularly as, on this occasion the interviewer simply waited for the candidate to answer the question – talk about pressure!
To end here’s a quick riddle to tickle your brain – feel free to submit your answers via email.
You will always find me in the past. I can be created in the present, But the future can never taint me. What am I?
Answer to conundra riddle.
A cat has claws at the end of her paws and a complex sentence has a pause at the end of its clause.