You’ve prepared all of your answers and have the skills to pay the bills, but not all interview questions seem to be related to the job.
These says, soft skills are important in the workplace.
Think people skills, social skills, communication skills and character traits.
So, don’t be surprised if you’re asked a few questions that seem out of left field.
Hiring managers ask questions like these to test your personality.
Take it from the experts at Business Insider and career site Monster.com.
1. what would your best friend say is the best part of being your friend?
This question gives the candidate a chance to be honest, and lets the employer get a feel of whether the applicant would be a good fit.
2. if you were an animal, what would you be and why?
This question lets hiring managers see how quickly someone can think on their feet and get creative in a short time; which is what any boss looks for.
3. what did you want to be when you grew up?
This question lets hiring managers see if the applicant is a big dreamer.
Saying you wanted to be an astronaut means you’re probably shooting for the stars along your career path.
4. what is your favorite TV show and why?
Your favorite TV show says a lot about your personality, and it’s a great way to turn the interview into more of a conversation if the hiring manager also likes the show.
If the interviewer hasn’t seen it, tell them why it’s so good and really sell it. Persuasion comes in handy in the workplace.
5. were you ever on a sports team?
Athletes are usually competitive and can be great team players.
Both of these skills are what bosses look for when adding someone new to the team.
Just avoid the game of office politics once you get the job!