Daft Interview Questions
In an interview they asked me such an unusual question: If you were a car, what sort of car would you be? that my mind just went blank. What should I have answered to that question, in case I get asked it again?
I sincerely hope that you don’t get asked such a daft question again! Because that’s what it was: daft. How could your answer to that have possibly shown them how good a teacher you would be in their school? Not at all!
But in some schools the governors (probably having done an internet search on 'suitable interview questions') come up with daft questions like that. I have heard tell of interviews where candidates have been asked what sort of biscuit, animal, flower, vehicle, breed of dog, dinosaur, etc they would be.
In business environments it may be appropriate to try and unsettle candidates, to see how they cope in stressful situations. In an interview for a teaching post, however, asking this type of question just ensures that candidates get flustered, their minds go blank, and they are not able to show the panel how well they fit the criteria. So it is totally counter-productive.
I blame the Head for not putting his or her foot down firmly and telling the governor not to be so, er, so daft!
What should you answer?
My general rule is not to give answers to interview questions, because you are going for the job, not me!
But I’ll make an exception here. If you get one of these weird questions, think of your best quality, and then decide which car/dog/dinosaur/biscuit best illustrates this.
- What sort of car would I be? I would be a Volvo, because I am totally dependable.
- What sort of car would I be? I would be a people carrier, because I like to take people along with me.
- What sort of flower would I be? I would be a poppy, because they survive and flower in the hardest of environments.
- What sort of biscuit would I be? I would be a digestive biscuit because I am very versatile.
Please resist the temptation to reply:
What sort of biscuit would I be? I would be a ginger nut, because I’d need to be a nut to work with people like you.