Newcastle based sales and marketing firm Millipic, discuss some of the most creative questions to ask your applicants during the interview process which have been used by some of the worlds most prominent entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Filtering through quality candidates that will be great for the role advertised and work well within the current company can often be like finding a needle in a haystack. It takes a lot of time to do a thorough search, post ads and read through all the CV’s and cover letters that pile up on your desk.
Many of the worlds top business leaders are now using the technique of asking obscure and out of the box interview questions so that they can see how applicants problem solve in real time. This approach also lets the interviewer know how the candidate’s mind works and learn more about them in more detail than even the best of references can show.
Some of the most obscure questions are as follows:
“You are standing on the surface of the earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?” – Elon Musk
The best thing about this question is that you can objectively get the answer wrong. Asking such difficult questions helps you as the interviewer figure out how competent they are at problem-solving, and you can actively see them figuring out a solution.
“What’s something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on?” – Peter Thiel
This type of question is fantastic for understating the passion and conviction of the interviewee’s answer. The enthusiasm that they give off will help you have a better understating of the type of work ethic that applicant will bring to the job role. It’s important to understand if team members are willing to speak out on something they believe in.
“How would you make money from an ice-cream stand in Central Park?” – Yasmin Green
This particular question will show you which candidates are creative and can think quickly on their feet. They will provide an insight into their aptitude, and you can also figure out who the ambitious and entirely unrealistic individuals are, the ones with the most realistic solutions will generally be the better candidates.
“What do you want to do when you leave this company?” – Reid Hoffman
This question asked by Reid Hoffman is excellent because it shows transparency; it shows that as the interviewer you understand the job applicant won’t be at your company forever. Furthermore, this question doesn’t evaluate the applicant in the sense that, are they going to be good enough for the job; it works by allowing the candidate to understand if you’re going to be a boss that’s right for them. It also shows that you care about them as a person and not just a number.
Millipic was developed to bridge the gap between brand and consumer. The firm’s creative approach moves away from traditional methods and instead focuses on person-to-person communication. Their strategies are developed with brand vision in mind, and their handpicked teams are selected to match ethics and approach, the firm’s services are designed to run seamlessly with current campaigns.