Fun Interview Questions that Still Tell You a Lot About a Candidate

There’s no denying that some of the questions that we ask as interviewers can be pretty dull and boring. Many company’s adopt the, ‘if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it’ attitude when it comes to interview questions. While this may be fine for some companies, it usually ends up getting the same typical comments from candidates. Not only that, but candidates will sometimes view your company as ‘just another job’ when you’re asking the same tired as questions as every other company. When you really want to get your candidates talking, as well as find out exactly what type of employee they will be, the best thing you can do is come up with some fun and unique interview questions.

Name a Song that Describes You Work Style?

Ask Non-Traditional Interview Questions
Ask Non-Traditional Interview Questions
This question is almost guaranteed to surprise candidates. It puts candidates on the spot, and requires that they think both critically and quickly. If you ask a candidate to name a song that describes their work style, and they respond, “Oops… I did it again,” you may want to think carefully about whether or not you want to hire this person. As simple as this question seems, it’s not as easy as you’d think to come up with a song that describes someone’s work ethic. When you ask this question, pay close attention to what the candidate says.

Make sure you have the candidate explain why they chose that song, especially if it’s one that you can’t figure out right away. Sometimes the title of a song doesn’t seem like it would apply to the question, so have the candidate go into more detail. You’ll be surprised at some of the answers you will receive.

What’s Your Favorite Movie, and Why?

Break The Ice And Learn About Them
Break The Ice And Learn About Them
Asking a candidate what their favorite movie is and why is also a great way to find out more about them. This question focuses on the candidate’s personality, and helps to give you an idea of how well they’ll get along with other people at the company. For example, if a candidate tells you that their favorite movie is, “Dumb and Dumber,” it may give you an indication that the candidate will have a sense of humor. However, be careful. It can also mean that the candidate will be the class clown of the company, and may not focus enough attention on work. Don’t forget to have the candidate explain why that particular movie is their favorite.

You may also want to consider asking the candidate their top three favorite movies. Some people have a wide range of genres that they’re interested in, and you don’t want to rule someone out simply because they like certain movies. A variation of this question is to ask the candidate to list three of their favorite genres, and then list their favorite movie from each genre.

If You Won the Lottery, What Would You Do with the Money?

Asking candidates if they won the lottery, what would they do with the money is another great question to ask candidates. This is another great question to ask candidates. This question allows you to see how creative, responsible, and generous a candidate is. It also shows you how well a candidate performs at planning, as well as their work ethic.

When you ask a candidate this question, wait to see if they will ask you how much they won. If a candidate starts making plans to spend millions of dollars, and they’ve only won a couple of thousand, it shows that they may be the type of person to move too quickly without fully thinking things through. Just because the same interview questions have been asked for many years, doesn’t mean you have to constantly stick with them. Give yourself and your candidates a break, and ask a couple of fun questions that will get the both of you thinking. You might discover that they give you more information that those typical interview questions.

Making Yourself Memorable To Clients

Making yourself memorable is one of the main ways you’ll get clients, and equally importantly, retain them. Many companies won’t come back to someone they’ve forgotten, especially if they can’t bring up a face to business card if they met you at a convention or for a general meeting. Being memorable comes naturally over time, but it takes practice at first!

Make a good first impression

The First Impression Will Open Or Close Doors For Your Business
The First Impression Will Open Or Close Doors For Your Business
Your first impression should stick in a client’s mind, and when it does, it should be for the right reasons. If you’re approaching a client for the first time via email, you may want to reconsider a 6-page email and instead think about an easy-to-view PowerPoint presentation briefly outlining the benefits of your company, and how they apply to this company in particular. While you may end up having a template for your sales emails, you want to ensure you treat each company well. After all, each company is looking for something different. In the same vein, presentation and attention to detail are immediately important when you meet a new client in person, too. Dressing well, speaking clearly, and carrying yourself with confidence can lend you an edge in approaching new clients and winning their interest right off the bat.

Have a unique sales pitch

When you’re handing over your business card or sending out your first contact email, you’ll undoubtedly be talking about what you do, why you do it, and why YOUR Company does it quite so well. And while enthusiasm is important, there are certain types of sales pitches that have been done a thousand times and get boring to hear. Some clichés are helpful and desirable to companies – a dedication to punctuality, high quality, and honest work are always welcome – but others can become boring quite rapidly, and this differs per industry. Before you start thinking of what to say, try to eliminate everything that makes you sound like everyone else they’ve ever heard, and incorporate where your company is unique. It may be that your companies is the biggest of its kind, and thus universally trusted. On the other hand, it may be that your business is small and pays exclusive attention to its customers, thus offer a more bespoke service with more features. When you give your clients something unique to remember you by, that’s the first thing they’ll think of when you come to mind.

Do something different

Set Yourself Apart From The Crowd
Set Yourself Apart From The Crowd
Set yourself apart. When you make yourself different to the world, you make yourself different as a business. It’s not just your services playing a role, when you as a person are also being presented when you make a new connection. Having a twitter besides your company twitter can be a good way to get started, and keeping it updated and interesting can keep your clients coming back. Interesting snapshots from workshops on your business show how up-to-date you are, but they also let your clients glimpse into something they may want themselves or their employees to attend. Similarly, but less work-related, charity events can set you aside from the mass of business executives in suits. Running a marathon for charity with the company logo can make people remember you for your good deeds. Though we’re not all as athletically inclined as some people are! In that case, participating in charities as they come up is a good idea – most of them require relatively little effort besides a donation and a video or a picture of yourself. Once you start doing these, it might even be fun to get the rest of your company involved – participating in events together can build a stronger team, give your company character, and at the end of the day, make you stand out!