Top Interview Brain Teaser Questions to Expect in 2020
Interview Brain Teaser Questions: Many experienced managers and skillful interviewers make use of tricky brain teaser questions during interviews to yield a great depth of information about job applicants.
Asides the top most asked interview questions you should practice before the interview, here are 5 common trap questions you’ll most likely be asked:
1. What Would You Do if Your Company was Doing Something Illegal?
The whole purpose of this interview question is to evaluate your character and ethics. Many people will simply turn a blind eye to a problem, or they will take a payoff to keep their mouths shut.
A lot of people are so worried about losing their jobs that they’ll usually remain silent when their company is involved in say embezzlement or other illegal activities. This is NOT what you want to say if you are asked this question in an interview!
How to Answer:
The best answer you can give is along the lines of “I would report it to the proper authorities within the organization”. End your answer with “I wouldn’t want to work in an organization that fails to deal with problems like this”.
2. What Would be The Toughest Question I Could Ask You?
You have to be smart about answering this question. The main reason you’d feel a question to be tough is that it hits you unexpectedly.
How to Answer:
I would say this question itself is probably one of the toughest you could ask me! Let me see… I suppose that, for me, a really tough question would be one which exposes a weakness, something along the lines of, “What’s the worst mistake you’ve made at work?”
Here, you’ve played the interviewers to ask you what you’ve already prepared for. It makes sense to have three or four possibilities lined up just in case the interviewer follows up by asking you to pick another one!
3. What is Your Greatest Strength
Employers want to know if your strength aligns with the current needs of the organization. It is important to show the employer that you have the qualities and traits the employer is seeking in the applicant that will be hired.
Focus on your top three or four skills or qualities. (It could be administrative skills, team-building skills, leadership skills, ability to prioritize, etc.).
How to Answer:
I pride myself on my customer service skills and my ability to resolve difficult situations. With years of practice as a customer’s service associate, I have learned to effectively listen, understand and resolve customer issues.
Couple with that, my strong communication skills helps me work well with customers, team members, and superiors.
4. Rate Yourself Over Ten
Give it to the recruiters straight by saying something like:
‘If I’m to rate myself over ten, I’m just ten over ten’.
Let’s assume you’ve got a degree in business administration and with that question, you’re trying to be fair and you replied with ‘I’m nine over 10’, you’ve created a doubt in the minds of recruiters.
Recruiters may put another question to you by saying “what is it you still don’t know about this job?”Recruiter’s job is to give their clients (organizations who need employees) the best candidates, so it’s better to confidently tell them you’re ten over ten.
5. What Is More Important to You, the Money or the Work?
Don’t fool around here. We all know that money is important. There’s no better answer than to say: Money is always important, but the work is more important.
There you have it.
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