5 unconventional questions 
to ask interview candidates

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Turning an eager candidate into a sobbing shadow of a human being isn’t the outcome most interviewers are going for.

Turning an eager candidate into a sobbing shadow of a human being isn’t the outcome most interviewers are going for.

Most recruiters agree you get more out of a candidate if they’re at their ease and feeling relatively comfortable.

That said, a fresh line of enquiry can be like a cool drink of water for the frazzled recruiter.

We asked a host of seasoned interviewers for their most revealing quirky questions.

1. If I gave you £1 million, what would you do?

Terry Koutsios, CEO and founder of skills and services marketplace fivesquid.com.

Terry commented: “It’s unexpected - and a great way of testing ambition, personality and creativeness.”

2.If you had a cinema for one day only, from 6am to midnight - and you could do anything with it - what would you do to make it earn the most revenue?

Rana Harvey, managing 
director of Monster Group (UK)

Rana commented: “It’s designed to see if people can think out of the box. The best ones use the cinema all day, but also maximise on selling advertising.

“Creative ideas have included hiring beauticians to offer full makeovers, converting to a disco at night, with movie rooms. The worst ones just focus on films.”

3. What do children like about you?

Hazel Peat, childcare 
services manager for 
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The key here is that Hazel firmly puts the customer at the heart of her 

She explained: “I use it as the final question - and it usually sees the interviewee relax. People who have been nervous throughout the interview often show their genuine love of childcare with their answers.”

4. What does your child think you’re good at?

Hazel Scott, Sheffield Hallam comms manager and Easy Street Theatre Co marketing manager

“It’s a good question for adults because they get so wrapped up in their professional reputation and often worry far too much about what their peers, competitors, or clients think about them.

“There’s a danger that when being interviewed people start spouting managerial waffle.”

5. What great thing would you like written on your tombstone?

Linda Midgley, Jupiter 
Hotels’ learning and 
development manager

“It puts some perspective around the interview and, if nothing else, it always gets a reaction!”

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