What should you do if you think an interview question is ridiculous?

by K B , updated on May 25, 2016

39653549_sThe very first article I ever wrote for the Australian was called  “What interviews foretell?”

I really enjoyed my gig as a freelance journalist, as I got to interview experts on topics I was curious about.

I tried to dig deep and be balanced in the argument I was presenting.

This article was on whether the professionalism of the recruitment process was a predictor of the experience you would have with that particular employer.

The answer I determined, was that there was no real correlation.

So if you had a bad interview, this did not mean that much.

Which leads me to the point of this blog post.

What should you do if an interviewer asks what you think is a ridiculous question, that has no bearing on the role at hand?

My short answer is don’t roll your eyes.

Don’t sigh.

Don’t be a princess or a smart a*se.

If you want to make the choice about staying in the running for a role, just answer it.

Then at the end of the interview, or while you’re contemplating the role, think about whether you want to work for that company, or what that question says about the interviewer who asked it.

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Clark Pacis May 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. It is very true that if during the interview process, ridiculous questions has been raised try to answer it in a very polite and respectful way.

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