Some Creative Job Interview Questions, for When You're the Interviewer

So you've gotten to the point in your career where you're the one who is doing the hiring. Congrats! But how do you make the interview a little more interesting, and how do you get some un-rehersed answers from job applicants? The answer is, hit them with some unexpected (but appropriate) questions. Getting applicants to think on their feet is a great way to see how they'll actually behave while on the job, and will probably allow you to get to know them a little better.

Here are a few out-of-the-box questions that are fun to bring to the interview table, and might help you find the perfect person for the job.

  1. I'm going to give you five minutes to teach me something (anything!) new.
  2. How does this position relate to what you really want to be doing?
  3. What is one sentence that you want me to remember about you?
  4. If I were to ask your current boss to give me your greatest strength, what would they say?
  5. When was a time at work you were totally honest even though lying would have been easier?
  6. Who do you turn to for career advice and why?
  7. What are your reservations about this role?
  8. What kinds of things don't you like to do?
  9. If one year from now you were to say that taking this job was the greatest thing you've ever done, what would have happened in that year to make it so?