From quirky to inappropriate: How to handle unusual questions in job interviews

Devex polled staffers for the weirdest questions they've been asked during a job interview. Here's what they said — and a Devex primer for how to handle curveballs. Photo by: qimono

Development professionals go to a job interview anticipating the usual questions: Can you tell me something about yourself? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in five years?

But what if the interviewer asks: What flavor of ice cream are you and why?

Creative questions have become commonplace during the hiring process, including for positions in the humanitarian and international development setting. The question above, in fact, was one of the questions development professionals shared when asked by Devex to recount the weirdest questions they encountered during a job interview.

Without context, however, candidates may find some of these questions odd or out of place.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.