Interviews are rarely easy at the best of times. They’re one of the more unnatural environments we can be in and a volley of questions can make us feel pressured.
One way that I would suggest reducing that anxiety is to regularly prepare for interviews.
Thinking about how you’d answer questions is great practice and you may also want to keep a list of notable projects that you’ve worked along with the impact you had. Doing so will help you when you have to prepare for competency-based questions such as ‘Give me an example of when you have worked as part of a team’.
I’d also suggest, perhaps every month or two, going through a list of interview questions and thinking about how you’d answer them.
If you’ve not done that before, what better way to start than with the 10 toughest questions that interviewers have asked in the UK?!
Give it a go!
1. Can you calculate how many tennis balls are used during the course of Wimbledon? (Accenture)
2. How many calories are in a supermarket? (Google)
3.Estimate the total number of cars in the UK. (Barclays Capital)
4. How would you sell a fridge to an Eskimo? (Harrods)
5.What would you take to a lonely island with you and why? (Urban Outfitters)
6. Is Batman a superhero? (AlphaSights)
7.You have 17 red and 17 blue balls, and you remove 2 at a time. If the two are the same colour, add in one extra blue ball. If they are different colours, add in an extra red ball. What colour is the final ball removed?” (Geonomics)
8.What cartoon character would you be and why? (Asda)
9.What is the wildest thing that you have done? (Metro Bank)
10.What was your opinion of the film Blair Witch Project? (Jefferies & Company)
What do you think of this type of question? Have you been asked anything at an interview that stumped you?
Written by Paul Miller.