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Employers' wacky interview questions
By Anne Fisher, contributorAugust 9, 2010: 1:08 PM ET


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FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I've been lucky enough to get several job interviews in the past couple of months, and I've noticed something strange about all of them, which is that the hiring managers have posed what I would call trick questions.
Yesterday an interviewer asked me, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" I was so surprised that it took me a few minutes to come up with an answer. I said I was like a dog, "loyal to a fault" -- which made sense, since I stayed with my last employer for 17 years, despite having had other offers -- but I couldn't really tell from his reaction if that was a good response or not.
Other questions I have struggled with: The overly general "Tell me about yourself" (where do I start?) and "How long would you stay with our company?" (how do I know that when I don't even work here yet?). What's the deal with these weird questions, and how are people supposed to answer them? --Dumbfounded
Dear Dumbfounded: J.P. Hansen, president of Omaha-based Hansen Executive Search, was once asked the Barbara Walters-esque what-animal-would-you-be question in a job interview. His answer: A jaguar. Why? Hansen explained that "the jaguar is very versatile, able to patiently wait for its prey for hours on end, then pounce with lightning speed and grace. Plus, it's a cool car!" The hiring manager who was quizzing him smiled, reached into her purse, and pulled out her car keys -- with a Jaguar emblem on the key chain. Hansen got the job.
Of course, that kind of serendipity is rare. Usually, job candidates confronted with the what-animal question (or popular variations like what tree, or what color) are, like you, dumbfounded. Don't feel bad: According to Hansen, that's what interviewers expect.
"The job market is so tight right now, with so many candidates available whose backgrounds and qualifications are so similar to one another, that some hiring managers try to find an 'aha!' moment where they can trip you up, or get you to reveal something you didn't plan to say," he says.
Great. Since there is no way to predict what you might be asked, how do you prepare? Hansen, who was an executive at ConAgra Foods (CAG, Fortune 500), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY, Fortune 500), and Carnation/Nestle before launching his recruiting firm in 1994, says job seekers need to go into interviews with enough confidence to handle any wacky question that might come up. The only way to get that confidence: Prepare, prepare, prepare.
"The people who are getting hired are those who have really learned the company and the industry inside out. You have to wow the interviewer with your knowledge," Hansen says. "If you can be very specific and detailed about what's going on -- what competitive challenges the company faces, what changes are happening in the industry -- then stumbling for a moment over the what-animal question isn't going to matter."
Talkback: What is the strangest interview question you've ever been asked, and how did you respond? Leave your comments at the bottom of this story.
In his book The Bliss List (Career Bliss Publications, $19.95), Hansen lists 38 tricky interview questions, with suggestions for how to formulate winning answers. In reply to the second question you mention, "Tell me about yourself," first ask a qualifying question: "Are you interested in my work experience, my personal experiences, or both?" Notes Hansen: "Often, they want a mix of both -- work, plus whatever else may have shaped you and influenced your thinking."
Obviously, this covers an awful lot of ground. "It's really smart to practice answering this question before you go in to an interview," Hansen says. "Practice summing up your whole life in a concise way. If you ramble, you'll probably be disqualified." Ouch.
As for the third question that bugs you, "How long would you stay with our company?" cheer up: "This is a 'buy' signal, indicating that the interviewer is thinking of making you an offer," Hansen writes. The best response: "Put the hot potato back in the interviewer's lap" by saying something like, "I would expect to have a great career with this company. I'm always looking to learn, and I define success as being ready when an opportunity arises. How long do you think I'd be challenged here?" With any luck, you'll get a chance to find out for yourself.
Let's suppose you're knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and can describe your unique attributes and skills (and how they match up with the job) in a compelling way. How can you go wrong? A surefire way is by badmouthing a current or former employer, yet Hansen says he is surprised by how many candidates do it. "When interviewers ask about your last job, or your present one, they are really hoping you don't step on a landmine and say something negative," he observes.
Ironically, he has noticed that, the more smoothly the conversation is going, the greater the likelihood that a candidate will blurt out a damaging comment about a tyrannical old boss or a wrongheaded restructuring. "It's possible to 'click' with an interviewer and get too comfortable for your own good," he says. "There is such a thing as too candid. It's often the kiss of death." So, when it comes to describing your former employers, remember that the animal you most want to resemble is a soft, fuzzy bunny.
Talkback: What is the strangest interview question you've ever been asked, and how did you respond? What questions do you like to ask candidates? Tell us on Facebook, below. 

刁钻的面试问题攻略
问 : 我有幸在过去几个月参加了几场面试,我注意到有几场很奇怪,招聘经理问了我几个比较奇怪的问题。
比如昨天那一场,招聘经理问我:“如果你是一只动物,你觉得你会是哪一种?”我很奇怪,想了一下,我告诉他我想成为一只狗,因为狗诚实,我觉得这比较说得过去,因为我上一份工作我干了17年,虽然期间也有很多其他的工作机会-----但是从他的反应来看,我实在不知道这是否是一个好的回答。
我还遇到过一些其它的问题,通常比如:“说说你自己吧?”(天啊,我从哪里开说呢?)“如果我雇佣了你,你要在我们公司干多久?”(我连工作都还没有开始,我怎么知道我会干多久?)……到底该怎么回答这些刁钻的问题呢?
答: JP.Hansen, 奥马哈汉森搜索公司的总裁有一次也被Barbara Walters问过这个“想变成什么动物的问题”,他的回答是:美洲虎! 为什么呢?“因为美洲虎有多种含义。它既能耐心的等待猎物等待上数个小时,然后用闪电般的速度扑上去。它还是一个很棒的汽车品牌!”招聘经理笑了笑,从自己的钱包里面掏出自己的车钥匙------钥匙链子上就是美洲虎的标志。汉森得到了这份工作。
当然,这种意外惊喜总是很少的。事实上,其它的应聘者也遇到过这类问题(想变成什么树啦,变成什么颜色啦),跟你一样。Dumbfounded,不要紧张,招聘者的目的其实就是要让你紧张。
 “求职市场竞争很激烈,很多求职者的背景,能力都大致差不多,这样招聘者就要想办法制造点意外情况,这样就能发现一点你刻意要隐藏的特质。”汉森说。
好吧。既然我们无法预测你将面对怎样的问题,那么我们怎么做准备呢? 汉森,你知道谁是康尼格拉食品公司的老板吗?百时美施贵宝的老板呢?雀巢呢?求职者应该对那些刁钻问题满怀信心的回答,唯一能够让你充满自信的办法就是: 准备、准备、准备!
 “被选中的人都是那些对公司里里外外都了解的非常清楚的人,你必须用你的知识来打动招聘者,”汉森说:“如果你能够非常准确细致的回答出公司目前面临的挑战是什么,行业内目前有什么变化等等问题----------即使在那些什么动物啊树啊这些问题上回答得不好,也没有什么可担心的。”


问: 你遇到过最刁钻的问题是什么?你是怎么处理的呢?
答:汉森写了一本书叫《幸运清单》,他罗列了38个经常会遇到的奇怪问题,并且都对他们一一做了比较完善的回答。其中第二个就是“说说你自己?”你面对这个问题的时候,首先要反问一个:“你想知道我工作方面的呢,还是生活方面的,还是都想知道?”通常招聘经理会说:“主要是工作方面的。当然,如果生活中你觉得有什么反映了思想或者性格,我也想听一听。”
显然,这样就比较好开始说了。“要简单的概括一下你的人生经历,如果你一来就漫无目的的说,你很可能就会被淘汰了。”
至于第三个问题,“你要在我公司呆多久?”听到这个问题你应该庆祝一下,这是一个要录用你的信号了,表示招聘公司已经在考虑要给你一个offer了。最好的回答是,把这烫手山芋给扔回去, “我希望在公司能够取得成功,我会一直努力学习,把握公司给我的每一个机会。你觉得公司多久能够让我有一个提升呢?”如果你运气不是实在太差的话,你问完这句话你就会被录取了。
如果,你知识丰富,富有激情,并且能够充分表达出你独特的贡献和技能(与你所应聘的工作相匹配的技能),你怎能不被招聘者所青睐呢?注意一定不要诋毁你的前任或者现任雇主,汉森说他很惊讶很多求职者完全没有意识到这一点。“当招聘方问你的上一份,或者目前你正在从事的工作的时候,他真的很不希望你踩上地雷,说什么负面的话。”
要注意的是,你们的交谈越是融洽,你越是容易脱口而出一些评价前任或者现任雇主的话,说他们独裁啊没有脑子啊什么的。“太随意或者太坦城的交谈都不太恰当,有必要保持一点警醒。融洽的谈话环境往往意味着你已经离死不远了。”当提到你的前任或者现任雇主的时候,还记得那个“你想成为什么动物”的问题吗?你要做的是一直温顺的,毛茸茸的小兔子。

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