What song best resembles your career?

I was at a wedding in the Peak District on Saturday and during the Reception I was chatting to a mate about what song would you play as the bride walked down the aisle? 

As the wine flowed the conversation changed to if you were a wrestler or boxer what song would you play as your ring entrance?   Although it was just a bit of cheeky banter, these rather obscure questions can pop up in an interview.    

This got me thinking, what if you were asked in an interview what song would best resemble your career so far?

So in between the starter and main, whilst sampling a lemon sorbet as a pallet cleanser I thought I would ask everyone on my table what song they would choose and the answers I got were:

  • If I could turn back time – Cher
  • God’s Plan – Drake
  • Eye of The Tiger – Survivor
  • I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
  • Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
  • Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  • Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  • Three Little Birds – Uncle Bob
  • It wasn’t me – Shaggy
  • Red Red Wine – UB40

As a focus group, we had a range of professionals ranging in age from late 20s to late 30s with a lot of years left to go.  We all had a good laugh but in all seriousness such an example in an interview could be a banana skin question – where you should be able to answer it but under pressure may slip up.

Below are some of my favourite questions that I have heard:

  • If you could be any car what would it be?
  • If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  • If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island, what two items would you want to have on you?

Social Talent recently published an article on quirky interview questions, take a look.

I have interview prepped hundreds of candidates, and although you cannot always predict what will be asked, there are strategies available for you to answer these banana skin questions.  In most cases, it’s not so much your answer, rather its how you explain it – it’s the ‘why’ interviewers are interested in, not so much the ‘who’, ‘where’, or ‘what’.

With such questions, the interviewer is looking to measure your creativeness and problem solving and so it is important to have examples of scenarios or situations for you to use to back up your answer.  This is where the STAR Model approach can help:

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Result

For more information on how to approach interview questions please take a look at my article introducing competency-based interviewing.  If you have an interview coming up and need someone to practice with or would like to go through a thorough interview preparation, please contact me to arrange a Consultation.

Congrats to the bride and groom!!

Have a great day everyone,

Dave

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